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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

 

The incredible true story of how the food industry is legally allowed to lie

‘Most people don’t realize that “0g Trans Fat” on a package doesn’t mean that the product actually has 0 grams of trans fats. In fact, the product in question could have quite a bit of the trans fats that it claims to have none of, and it’s all perfectly legal.

Here’s how this little scam works: the measurement advertised on the front of a bag of chips represents the amount of trans fats per serving. And if the amount per serving is less than half a gram, the FDA allows them to round it down to 0. Hence, 0g doesn’t equal zero grams. And when you see a giant bag of chips containing 20 servings or more, you realize how big this discrepancy actually is.’




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