Study author calls on FDA to require truthful trans fat labeling (how about GMOs as well?)

Thursday, January 06, 2011 by: Ethan A. Huff, staff writer
Tags: trans fats, labeling, health news

eTrust Pro Certified

Most Viewed Articles
Popular on Facebook
BACK INTO THE CLOSET: Why U.S. reporters are not allowed to write about rainbow events in nations where being gay is still condemned
Depopulation test run? 75% of children who received vaccines in Mexican town now dead or hospitalized
A family destroyed: Six-month-old dies after clinic injects baby with 13 vaccines at once without mother's informed consent
Biologist explains how marijuana causes tumor cells to commit suicide
Companies begin planting microchips under employees' skin
BAM! Chipotle goes 100% non-GMO; flatly rejecting the biotech industry and its toxic food ingredients
ECONOMIC SLAVERY FOR ALL: While we were distracted with the Confederate flag flap, Congress quietly forfeited our entire economic future via fast-track trade authority
INVESTIGATION: Three days before Dr. Bradstreet was found dead in a river, U.S. govt. agents raided his research facility to seize a breakthrough cancer treatment called GcMAF
NJ cops bust teenagers shoveling snow without a permit
Chemotherapy kills cancer patients faster than no treatment at all
McDonald's in global profit free fall as people everywhere increasingly reject chemically-altered toxic fast food
March Against Monsanto explodes globally... World citizens stage massive protests across 38 countries, 428 cities... mainstream media pretends it never happened
Italian court rules mercury and aluminum in vaccines cause autism: US media continues total blackout of medical truth
The 21 curious questions we're never allowed to ask about vaccines
SCOTUS same-sex marriage decision may have just legalized the concealed carry of loaded firearms across all 50 states, nullifying gun laws everywhere
Orthorexia Nervosa - New mental disorder aimed at people who insist on eating a clean diet
Vicious attack on Dr. Oz actually waged by biotech mafia; plot to destroy Oz launched after episode on glyphosate toxicity went viral
Nearly every mass shooting in the last 20 years shares one surprising thing? and it's not guns
(NaturalNews) Many processed foods are loaded with trans fats -- including even those labeled as having "zero grams of trans fat per serving." The problem lies in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) thwarted labeling requirements that permit certain "low" levels of trans fats to be labeled as zero, a deception that Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine student Eric Brandt says needs to change.

According to Brandt's recent study on the issue, which was published in the American Journal of Health Promotion, many people easily exceed daily recommended maximums for trans fat intake because FDA requirements dictate that foods with less than .5 grams of trans fat per serving be legally rounded down to zero, and labeled as such.

Overall fat content in foods with more than five grams of fat per serving must be labeled in increments of one gram. Those with less than five grams can be labeled in .5 gram increments. And anything lower than .5 grams can be labeled as having zero grams of fat. But with a threshold of 1.11 grams of trans fat per day, one can easily exceed this amount by consumer just three servings of "trans fat free" foods that contain as little as .37 grams of trans fat each.

Though these amounts may seem somewhat insignificant, studies have shown that even a slight increase in trans fat consumption can greatly increase one's risk of developing cardiovascular disease. And trans fat consumption is also linked to coronary heart disease, diabetes and sudden cardiac death.

Brandt is calling on the FDA to revise its labeling standards for trans fats in order to give consumers an accurate understanding of the trans fat content in foods they buy. And the best way to accomplish this is to require food manufacturers to label trans fat content in lower increments like .01 grams, for instance

Many are calling for similar labeling requirements for genetically-modified organisms (GMOs), which can be found in the vast majority of processed foods now sold in the U.S. but are not labeled. To learn more about the nationwide "Truth-in-Labeling" campaign for GMOs being conducted by the Organic Consumers Association (OCA), visit:

Sources for this story include:


Explore more on Trans fats by searching on GoodGopher.com, the search engine for truth seekers.
Join over four million monthly readers. Your privacy is protected. Unsubscribe at any time.
comments powered by Disqus
Take Action: Support NaturalNews.com by linking back to this article from your website

Permalink to this article:

Embed article link: (copy HTML code below):

Reprinting this article:
Non-commercial use OK, cite NaturalNews.com with clickable link.

Follow Natural News on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, and Pinterest

Colloidal Silver

Advertise with NaturalNews...

Support NaturalNews Sponsors:

Advertise with NaturalNews...


Sign up for the FREE Natural News Email Newsletter

Receive breaking news on GMOs, vaccines, fluoride, radiation protection, natural cures, food safety alerts and interviews with the world's top experts on natural health and more.

Join over 7 million monthly readers of NaturalNews.com, the internet's No. 1 natural health news site. (Source: Alexa.com)

Your email address *

Please enter the code you see above*

No Thanks

Already have it and love it!

Natural News supports and helps fund these organizations:

* Required. Once you click submit, we will send you an email asking you to confirm your free registration. Your privacy is assured and your information is kept confidential. You may unsubscribe at anytime.