You probably heard: Recently, the FDA announced a ban (sometime in the future) of trans fats in our food. So, the other day, my wife brought home this Chicken Pot Pie from The Fresh Market (a Whole Foods-type store). The front packaging stated: Zero grams of trans fat per serving. To me, that is a tip-off that I better look at the ingredients.
Sure enough, in black and white, there was the trans fat ingredient (partially hydrogenate oil) - second photo, three lines above the signature.
To learn more about the shenanigans of the food industry visit PartiallyHydrogenated.com
Moral of the story: Even in "health-oriented" stores, please do not trust the label - read the ingredients.
Also: Make note of the "Home-style" health-halo marketing. I would love to know: When was the last time anyone made a homemade (anything) with trans fats?
I did communicate with Fresh Market's customer service group. I thought this was an interesting response:
Please advise the customer that we will soon have a new formulation which will be 0 trans-fat. As a result of the Government/USDA shutting down, we are delayed in getting this product to shelf.
They blamed a delay on Uncle Sam - whatever.
You might be wondering why you would need a calculator at the grocery store. To the left is exhibit A. Go figure:
- Four Muffins
- 180 Calories per serving
- 11 servings
Here's where the calculator is needed:
- 11/4 = 2.75 servings per muffin
- 2.75 x 180 = 495 calories per muffin
I believe it's safe to assume that you would eat an entire muffin. So, instead of consuming 180 calories, you will actually be chowing down on 495.
As an aside, the front label states: 0 trans fats. On the back label, it states: partially hydrogenated. That's a fancy way of saying trans fats. So, in each muffin there are, in fact, trans fats. It also states on the back label: not a significant source of trans fats.
Considering that trans fat is a known killer, I always assume any amount of trans fat is significant. I also don't like being lied to!