We offer a conclusion for our study of trans fat and how we, the consumer, can control it in our daily diet.
Although the updated Nutrition Facts panel will now list the amount of trans fat in a product, it will not show a %Daily Value (%DV). While scientific reports have confirmed the relationship between trans fat and an increased risk of CHD, none has provided a reference value for trans fat or any other information that FDA believes is sufficient to establish a daily Reference Value or a %DV.
Saturated fat and cholesterol, however, do have a %DV. To choose foods low in saturated fat and cholesterol, use the Quick Guide to %DV. The general rule of thumb is: :5%DV or less is low and 20%DV or more is high.
You can also use the %DV to make dietary trade-offs with other foods throughout the day. You don’t have to give up a favorite food to eat a healthy diet. When a food you like is high in saturated fat or cholesterol, balance it with foods that are low in saturated fat and cholesterol at other times of the day.
This graphic of the Nutrition Facts panel illustrates which nutrients experts recommend you limit and which they recommend you consume in adequate amounts.
DO DIETARY SUPPLEMENTS CONTAIN TRANS FAT?
Would it surprise you to know that some dietary supplements contain trans fat from partially hydrogenated vegetable oil as well as saturated fat or cholesterol? It’s true. As a result of FDA’s new label requirement, if a dietary supplement contains a reportable amount of trans or saturated fat, which is 0.5 gram or more, dietary supplement manufacturers must list the amounts on the Supplement Facts panel. Some dietary supplements that may contain saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol include energy and nutrition bars.
Here are some practical tips you can use every day to keep your consumption of saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol low while consuming a nutritionally adequate diet.
Sources of monounsaturated fats include olive and canola oils.
Sources of polyunsaturated fats include soybean oil, corn oil, sunflower oil and foods like nuts and fish.
Here are two actions consumers can take to keep their intake of saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol “low”.