Trans Fat Free Fall - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/16/07

Trans Fat Free Fall

The label says zero trans fat, the chicken nuggets look the same, kids even think they taste the same; so does zero trans fat mean they can eat more because they're healthier? Experts say you may want to hold off on that second helping, because it may not be 100 percent trans fat free.

"The FDA has ruled that a food manufacturer can label their food item zero grams of trans fat if it contains less than a half of a gram per serving," said Meagan Anderson, a registered dietitian.

So take a close look at the nutrition panel, trans fat is often listed as hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated fat.

Fast food chains are also jumping on the trans fat free bandwagon, but experts warn those options may not be any healthier either. 

"Their risk of heart disease and increasing their cholesterol still can be high due to the fats that they're using if they're still using a saturated fat, like your butter or your lard," said Megan Anderson.  

Better options are foods that contain monounsaturated and polyunsaturated oils like corn and soybean, ultimately it's all about taking the time to read up on what you're eating and making good choices once you have.

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