Be a Food Label Sleuth

Be smarter than the Government
Trans fats are highly-processed fats that have been refined and processed using hydrogenation.  This changes the molecular structure of the fats to improve flavor and prolong shelf life. The altered molecular structure of trans fats have detrimental effects on the body and add to increased risk of inflammation, heart disease, cancer and obesity.

Refined and processed foods such as snacks, chips, cakes, cookies, margarines, dressings, low-fat foods, and fast foods contain trans fats.

Does our government protect us from these unhealthy fats? NO!

The government put a big loophole in the labeling of trans fats: You can buy the same toxic food but now they are labeled as containing “zero” trans fats.  Guess what?  Reading the label further you’ll notice the words “hydrogenated fats.” And guess what else? Hydrogenated fats ARE trans fats!
According to the new law, food product makers can label their products as trans-fat-free if they contain less than 0.5 grams of trans fats PER SERVING.

But as we discussed, we know what a serving size REALLY is, so that means you are getting a lot more trans fats than you bargained for.  Instead of a trans fat-free food, you are getting a trans fat-full food!

Now, does that mean that FATS are BAD?  NO!

How many of you still buy food labeled low fat? For the last 50 years, we have been told that a low or no fat diet was the key to health and the trick to losing unwanted pounds. We all believed this low fat advice, despite an ever-growing obesity epidemic and an increase in obesity-related health problems. In many ways it seems to make sense: if we don’t want to be fat, we shouldn’t eat fat.

Guess what?

Eating fat does not makes you fat! Sugar makes you fat.

Here is one of my Institute for Integrative Nutrition Teachers on Fats:

Fat is an essential part of a healthy, balanced diet. Fat contributes to cell growth and development, gives us energy, helps the body metabolize and absorb nutrients, and protects our organs.
Fats are classified as poly unsaturated, mono unsaturated, and saturated fats.

Poly Unsaturated fats primarily made up of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, and can be found in fish & seafood, nuts & seeds and vegetable oil.
Omega-3 fatty acids are found in fish, nuts & seeds and soybeans. Our bodies thrive on Omega-3 fatty acids.

Omega-3 fatty acids:
·      Lower elevated triglyceride levels
·      Curb stiffness and joint pain.
·      Reduce levels of inflammation in the body

For more information, check here:

Omega-6 fatty acids are found mostly in liquid vegetable oils like corn, safflower, soybean oil and canola oil. Omega-6’s have a proinflammatory effect on the body and should only be eaten in small quantities.  These are the fats in a lot of processed foods, especially snack foods like chips and crackers.

Mono Unsaturated fats can be found in avocados, olive oil, and certain nuts. They form the core of structural fats in the body and can be eaten in high-quantity. These are considered to be completely healthy and have many health benefits.

Saturated fats are solid at room temperature and are found in the meat and milk of animals, coconut oil, and butter. These fats are – get ready: safe for consumption. Read this article for more information:

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