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Learn How to Read Food Labels in Order to Identify Hidden Fats

You may be surprised at what you are really getting when you learn to interpret the words of the ingredients list. When you buy a packaged food in the supermarket you expect to be getting exactly what the manufacturers’ label states in the nutritional value of that item and nothing else, however, some are deceiving. There may actually be man made trans fats unlisted in the nutritional values but are exposed in the ingredients listing and may be discovered if you know the different terminology used for identification.

Trans Fats

It’s one thing to read a label; it’s another thing to understand what you’ve read. You could unknowingly be ingesting dangerous fats that will sabotage your goals and you won’t have a clue as to why you are not seeing the results expected. Too many times manufacturers include ingredients that are unhealthy with hopes that you do not take the time to read the label or that you don’t understand the terminology in which they are disclosed.

Hydrogenated fats are responsible for thousands of needless deaths each year in the United States from coronary heart disease. These fats are found in margarine, breads, cakes, cookies and countless other products to extend their shelf life and make them taste better. These dangerous fats are made by taking a liquid polyunsaturated fat and adding hydrogen in presence of a catalyst, thus changing a liquid unsaturated fat into a more solid saturated fat which is now called a Trans fat, the worst of the worst. They are so deadly that some states are banning them from use. It’s ironic that a food manufacturer in this country would allow a substance in a product for extending its shelf life while at the same time know it will shorten yours and mine.

Trans label

These fats were required to be listed on labels in 2006 but there was some room left for deceiving you as a consumer. If the food contains 0.5 grams or less then they are permitted to say it contains none at all, a statement which is nothing short of being lied to.

It is recommended that a person should not allow more than 1% of their daily total calorie intake comes from these fats, which for the average person would be about 2 grams. When you realize that one order of French fries can contain up to 8 grams it gives you a small idea of the amount consumed each day by the ordinary person. If you were to eat four different foods on any given day that claimed there were zero Trans fats on the label but actually contained 0.5 grams, which is legal to do so, you would have unknowingly already had your limit for the entire day.

food label

If you see the words partially hydrogenated or hydrogenated oil on the ingredient list then leave that product on the shelf. Life is short enough without cutting it shorter for a few minutes of chewing enjoyment. There are allot of other products that are free of these deadly fats if a person just takes a little time to read the label and familiarize yourself with the wording used that describes the bad ingredients.

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