Not necessarily. Foods labeled “trans fat-free” may be high in saturated fats, which also raise your bad cholesterol levels and your risk of heart disease. Consider eating these types of foods only occasionally.
Not necessarily. If these “trans fat-free” foods lack nutrients, such as doughnuts or sweet rolls, then they are still low in nutrients and fiber, even when made with healthier oils. Consider eating these types of foods only occasionally.
No. Foods which are “fat-free” can still be very high in calories and low in nutrients, such as fat-free cookies, sweets, desserts, and other snack foods. Choose foods like vegetables, fruits, fish and other seafood, whole-grain products (like whole-grain breads, cereals, pasta and rice), nuts, beans, and fat-free or low-fat dairy products.
Not necessarily. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) allows food companies to list the amount of trans fat as “0 grams” on the Nutrition Facts panel if the amount of trans fat is less than 0.5 grams per serving.
FDA regulations state that the label value should be zero if a fat is contained at less than 0.5 grams per serving. This allows for accuracy despite limitations in detection methods. Sometimes a product contains partially hydrogenated vegetable oil, but the Nutrition Facts label lists “0 grams trans fat”. This usually means that the partially hydrogenated vegetable oil used contains minor amounts of trans fat and/or is used in small amounts.
One example is using partially hydrogenated oil in a seasoning. When an ingredient is used in very small amounts, you can tell because it appears toward the end of the ingredient statement. Just note that if you eat several servings from a package that declares “0 trans fat” and partially hydrogenated oil is included on the ingredient list, it is possible to exceed your daily limit of trans fats.
Not necessarily. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) allows food companies to claim “cholesterol-free” as long as there are less than 2 milligrams of cholesterol and no more than 2 grams of saturated fat per serving.
Not necessarily. Even if a food contains zero grams of cholesterol, it can be made with saturated fats – such as coconut and palm oils, and/or trans fats (like traditional stick margarines and shortenings). Saturated and trans fats raise LDL (“bad”) cholesterol levels in the blood and increase the risk of developing heart disease.
Current nutrition labels don’t list the amount of added sugars (alone) in a product.
The line for “sugars” you see on a nutrition label includes both added and naturally occurring sugars in the product. Naturally occurring sugars are found in milk (lactose) and fruit (fructose). Any product that contains milk (such as yogurt, milk, cream) or fruit (fresh, dried) contains some natural sugars.
But you can read the ingredient list on a processed food’s label to tell if the product contains added sugars. Names for added sugars on labels include: