This article on healthy vs unhealthy fats contains an interesting claim about the FDA and labeling, that zero and anything less than 0.5 grams per serving are the same thing. The FDA actually requires any amount under 0.5 g to be reported as zero. You legally can’t report 450mg of trans-fat.
How should trans fatty acids be listed?
Trans fatty acids should be listed as “Trans fat” or “Trans” on a separate line under the listing of saturated fat in the nutrition label. Trans fat content must be expressed as grams per serving to the nearest 0.5-gram increment below 5 grams and to the nearest gram above 5 grams. If a serving contains less than 0.5 gram, the content, when declared, must be expressed as “0 g.”
After reading about the FDA’s view of “substantial equivalence” between GMO and non-GMO crops which allows for no regulation, then this fuzzy math, I’m starting to wonder if the fall of the Soviet Union was just a trick. Perhaps the US is under attack from foreign hostile forces working on the inside to dumb us down, kill us slowly and destroy our agriculture.
Would corporate America really be so shortsighted as to kill off their future paying customers? Is short term greed really winning over long term American success? I’d like to see our CIA and FBI go after this angle and root out the enemies of our health. We knew there was some conspiracy to poison us, and sure enough, there was! Then many more people will start trusting the government again.
Trans fats are a synthetic type of fat found in margarine, shortening, fried foods like french fries and fried chicken, doughnuts, cookies, pastries and crackers. Anything that contains hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oil also contains them.
Trans fat poses various serious health risks. It raises your body’s level of bad cholesterol (LDL) while scrubbing away the good cholesterol (HDL) that keeps your arteries clean. Your arteries can become clogged, making them inflexible, which can lead to strokes and heart attacks.
Trans fat can also increase triglycerides and inflammation, a direct link to an increased risk of diabetes and heart disease.
While many food manufacturers have removed trans fats from popular processed foods in recent years, there is a labeling “catch” you should know. The FDA allows food manufacturers to round to zero any ingredient that accounts for less than 0.5 grams per serving. So while a product may claim to be “trans-fat-free” it can legally contain up to 0.5 grams per serving. While this may seem like an insignificant amount, over time this small fraction can add up, especially if you eat more than one serving at a time.
A good rule of thumb? Trans fat is formed when hydrogen is added to vegetable oil, a process called hydrogenation. So if a food label lists hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated fat or oil, it contains trans fats in some level, even if the label says “0.” Avoid such foods at all costs.
A National Academy of Sciences panel actually ruled that trans fats are so dangerous, the only “safe” level is zero, so it could not set a safe daily intake level. Rather, they recommend that people consume as little trans fat as possible.
2. Refined Polyunsaturated Fats from Vegetable Oils
You may have been expecting to see saturated fats as the second dietary villain, but polyunsaturated fats are actually what you should look out for.
Polyunsaturated fats (omega-6 fats), which are found in soybean oil, canola oil, safflower oil, cottonseed oil, sunflower oil, corn oil, and others, are typically described as heart healthy — they may help to reduce cholesterol levels and reduce your risk of heart disease — BUT they are often highly processed and are quite perishable.
This means that the fats easily become rancid, and rancid fats may contribute to oxidative stress and damaging free radicals in your body. Further, when polyunsaturated fats are eaten in excess, as they are in the typical American diet, they can lead to the formation of excess prostanoids, which are chemicals that increase inflammation in your body.
One study published in Psychosomatic Medicine even found that people with more omega-6 fats in their blood compared to omega-3 fats (which we’ll discuss shortly) were more likely to suffer from depression and have high levels of inflammation-promoting substances like tumor necrosis factor alpha and interleukin-6 — which increase your risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, arthritis and other diseases. …