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From: Jeff Novick, MS, RD, LD, LN (
Subject:         Does "Zero" Trans Fat Equal "No" Trans Fat?
Date: August 20, 2007 at 7:33 am PST

I have been making this point since the law changed in Jan 06. I am glad its
finally getting media attentions.

This applies to many vegan/veg processed foods that still have hydrogenated
oils in their ingredients.

A clip from the article.

Zero trans fat doesn't always mean zero
Associated Press Writer
Sun Aug 19, 4:57 PM ET

NEW YORK - Stroll the aisles of any grocery store and you're sure to spot
labels declaring "zero grams trans fat" on the front of snack foods, cookies
and crackers. But does zero really mean there's NO artery-clogging fat inside?

Maybe, maybe not.

Federal regulations allow food labels to say there's zero grams of trans fat as
long as there's less than half a gram per serving. And many packages contain
more than what's considered one serving.

"The problem is that often people eat a lot more than one serving," said Dr.
Dariush Mozaffarian of Harvard School of Public Health. "In fact, many people
eat two to three servings at a time."

Those small amounts of trans fat can add up, said Michael Jacobson of the
consumer advocacy Center for Science in the Public Interest. To find out if
there might be some trans fat, he said shoppers can check the list of
ingredients to see if partially hydrogenated oil — the primary source of trans
fat — is included.

"When it says zero grams, that means something different from no trans fat,"
said Jacobson. His group has urged the government to bar food producers
from using any partially hydrogenated oils at all.

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