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Watching for Trans Fat

Trans fat has joined saturated fat on the "bad fat" list. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) now requires nutrition labels to include the amount of trans fat in each food. Doughnuts, french fries, margarine and fried chicken are some examples of foods that contain trans fat, which is worse for the heart than saturated fat. The FDA has estimated that listing trans fat content on labels will save 2,000 to 5,600 lives a year, as people either choose more healthful foods or manufacturers change their recipes to leave out the fat.

Online Medical Reviewer: Godsey, Cynthia M.S., M.S.N., APRN
Online Medical Reviewer: Lambert, J.G. M.D.
Date Last Reviewed: 2/23/2005
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