Thursday, October 22, 2009

Is There Trans Fat in My Peanut Butter?

My peanut butter label says "zero trans fat" on the front, but when I read the ingredients there are "hydrogenated oils" contained.  These seeming conflictions are confusing to me... what can I believe?
Larry F.

Dear Larry,
Technically, if a food has only 0.5 gm trans fat in a serving they can state"zero trans fat" on the label.  There is currently no recommendation for a safe level of trans fats and consumers are advised to avoid any amount whenever possible.  I would take a close look at the listed serving size on your peanut butter label: there's a chance some manufacturers may start listing smaller serving sizes in an attempt to be able to claim "zero trans fats" for their products.

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