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Old 09-06-2010, 09:25 PM
 
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Old 09-06-2010, 09:28 PM
 
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And I've been eating a lot of stuff from my vending machine at work assuming the food was healthy because of the 0 grams trans fat labels. I'am glad I found this info.
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Old 09-07-2010, 07:41 AM
 
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Yeap i've posted about this a couple of times here over the last several years and as long as the Ingredients label states Partially Hydrogenated Oil then even at 0 fat grams it has trans fats as the FDA allows 0.5 grams per serving to be labeled as Fat Free.

My fave example is for ''Fat Free Cool Whip'' that lists 0 fat grams per serving and yet it has partially hydrogenated oil in it and so if you ate the entire tub at 66 servings you just consumed 33 grams of Trans Fat from a supposedly Fat Free product
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Old 09-07-2010, 10:38 AM
 
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One of the many reasons why you should either eat things known to contain fat, or eat things known to not contain fat, and stop trying to find "fat free" things that normally contain fat.

Real dairy cream Butter, not synthesized vegetable fat solids.
Ice Cream, not artificially flavored artificially colored frozen tofu.
Beef or genuine falafel, not artificially flavored freeze-dried-reconstituted veggie burgers.

Eat more "real" foods, less "pretend to be something that it isn't" foods, and you won't have to wonder who's fooling whom. You might eat more fat, but at least you'll KNOW it's fat. It won't be fat hiding in a fat-free container.
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Old 09-07-2010, 05:44 PM
 
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This has been my pet peeve ever since they started scamming the public with that "0 TRANS FAT" labeling on stuff. WHO eats just one serving of anything? I had a dietitian tell me back in the 80's to AVOID Partially Hydrogenated Oil so they knew back that long ago that it was bad for us but it is STILL allowed TODAY.. I have to ask WHY is that allowed? Here we are 30 years later and heart disease is rampant! Who are they kidding? They knew it was bad for us and yet have allowed it to be put in our food.. WHY?

Truth in labeling should be mandatory and how much trans fat is in the container should be clearly written on the package, bottle or box! THE WHOLE PACKAGE!!!
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Old 09-08-2010, 06:23 AM
 
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Here's a clue:

Butter = mostly fat
Oil of all types = all fat
Partially hydrogenated oil = all fat

Anything containing any of the above, has fat in it. If you're trying to avoid fat, don't eat things that contain any of those three.

Stop stressing over trans fat, unsaturated, saturated, polyunsaturated - does the average consumer even really know what this stuff MEANS? It's fat. Either it's safe for you to indulge once in awhile, or it isn't. Either it's safe for you to allow a bit in your cooking, or it isn't. Some people have to have a fat-free diet. Some people can have fat, but just need to reduce their intake a bit.

Here's another clue: Fat melts. It's OKAY to have that 80% lean ground beef instead of spending an extra $2/pound on 93% ground sirloin. It's okay, because you're going to drain all that melted fat out of the pan before adding the sauce. So you'll end up with around 90% lean anyway, after cooking. In fact, it might be even healthier for you that way, because you'll also be eating less red meat.

1 1/4 pound burger made with 80% lean, drained of fat (because it drips down into the fire on the grill) will yield a much smaller burger, than a 1/4 pound burger made with 93% lean. Almost the same fat after cooking, but less red meat, which results in a healthier portion of red meat. Plus, the fat that's melting, is melting through the beef, so it tastes better and doesn't end up as a ground sirloin hockey puck on a plate.
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