Trans Fat and Nutrition Facts Label by tgv36994


									Volume 10, Issue 12                                                         December, 2005

     Trans Fat and Nutrition Facts Label
Trans fatty acids, sometimes                                 listed on the Nutrition Facts
referred to as trans fat, have                               panel. This rule goes into effect
been in the news for the past                                on January 1, 2006. This rule
few years. What exactly is                                   change is to give consumers
trans fat and why should you                                 more information to help make
be concerned about it?                                       healthy choices about the food
                                                             they eat.
Trans fatty acid is a specific
type of fat formed when liquid                                   How to Use the
oils are made into solid fats                                    Information
like shortening and hard
margarine. These solid fats are                              •  Read the label on the foods
referred to as partially hydro-                              you buy often to be sure they are
genated oils. A small amount                                 low in both trans fat and
of trans fat is found naturally                              saturated fat.
in some animal foods. Trans
fat like saturated fat raises                                •  A product that contains 5
low-density lipoprotein (LDL                                 percent or less of the daily value
or “bad”) cholesterol that                                   (DV) for saturated fat is said to
increases your risk of coronary                              be low in that nutrient.
heart disease.
                                                •    There is no safe amount of trans fat stated
In addition to hard margarines and                   in the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for
shortening trans fat and saturated fat can be       Americans, so you should look for foods
found in crackers, candies, cookies, snack          that contain 0 grams trans fat.
foods, fried food, baked goods and other
processed foods made with partially hydro-      •    When a label shows 0 grams trans fat
genated vegetable oils.                             per serving and lists a “partially
                                                    hydrogenated” vegetable oil in the
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA)              ingredients, the product may contain up
has been studying trans fat in the diet and         to 0.49 grams of trans fat per serving.
has developed a rule that requires that the
amount of trans fat in a serving of food be
                        •    Foods with 0 grams of                    This recipe has no trans fats.
                             trans fat may still be
                             high in total fat and
                             calories.                                  APPLE CAKE

                       Fast food companies are
                        •                                              ⅔ cup vegetable oil
                      now listing the trans fat                        ½ cup sugar
    for their food items online. It helps to be                        1 egg
    aware of options before you order them.                            1 teaspoon vanilla
    French fries and onion rings may contain                           ½ teaspoon baking soda
    significant amounts of trans fat.                                  1 teaspoon baking powder
                                                                       ½ teaspoon cinnamon
•   Fruits and vegetables are naturally trans                          1-1/2 cups flour
    fat free.                                                          ½ cup raisins
                                                                       1-½ cups diced apples
Remember, for good health, eat a wide                                  2 Tablespoons chopped pecans
variety of different foods from all of the food
groups.                                                                 In a large bowl, mix oil, sugar, egg, vanilla,
                                                                        baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon,
Cakes, cookies, and quick breads made with                              flour, raisins and apples. Pour into a 9 x 9
vegetable oil instead of solid shortening will                          inch pan sprayed with nonstick cooking
be very low in trans fat or free of trans fat.                          spray. Bake at 350˚F for 30 minutes. Serve
                                                                        warm or cold. Serves 16.
Prepared by:     Barbara Farner, Extension Educator                     Nutrition information per serving: 174 calories, 10 g fat,
                 Nutrition and Wellness                                 42 mg sodium, 16 mg cholesterol, 21 g carbohydrate.
                 Matteson Center

    University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences • United States Department of Agriculture •
                                                      Local Extension Councils Cooperating
                            University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment.
                     The Family Nutrition Program is funded with Food Stamp Administrative funds by the Food & Nutrition
                                                    Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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