Consumers Should Be Aware of All Fat Not Just Trans Fat - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/30/05

Consumers Should Be Aware of All Fat Not Just Trans Fat

The new bad guy in diet books is trans fat. Most of us know by now that it's linked to an increased risk of heart disease, and by forcing food manufacturers to put it on the label, the Food and Drug Administration says it will prevent up to 500 deaths a year.

That's the good news, but some nutritionists are concerned that by reading the label for trans fats, we consumers are missing the big picture. "Trans fat is only one type of fat. There's still saturated fat and unsaturated fat, so there may be zero trans fatty acids, but it could have a lot of saturated fat or unsaturated fat in it," says Brenda Jones a dialectician.

Nutrition experts say the confusion could have people thinking that just because there's no hydrogenated oils in the recipe, it's an all-you-want-to-eat item. Bottom line when you check the label, look at all the kinds of fat. Brenda says, for example, regular potato chips may say they contain 0 trans fats, but be realistic. If it's a chip, it's fried, it's fattening.

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