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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