Friday, April 25, 2008

Trans Fat Trivia

Friday is finally here! This weather is certainly making it difficult for me to motivate myself during the week. I hope everyone gets to spend some time outdoors and enjoy the season this weekend.

Here's an informative true or false quiz about trans fats, which appeared in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Measure your fat grams of knowledge
Here's a quiz to test yourself on trans fat.
True or false?

1. Trans fat is also known as trans fatty acid.

2. Trans fat behaves like saturated fat in the body by raising bad cholesterol.

3. Trans fat is made when hydrogen is added to vegetable oil.

4. The most common places you will find trans fats is in solid vegetable shortening, some margarines, crackers, cookies and snack foods.

5. The FDA estimates that the average daily intake of trans fat in the U.S. is about 4 grams.

6. Trans fat can occur naturally in some animal products such as butter, milk products, cheese, beef and lamb.

7. The USDA recommends choosing vegetable oils (except coconut and palm kernel oils) and soft margarines (liquid, tub or spray) when possible because the combined amount of saturated and trans fats is lower than the amount in solid shortenings, hard margarines and animal fats.

8. The USDA allows a manufacturer to list 0 grams of trans fat per serving if the product has less than .5 grams of trans fat per serving.

9. It is healthier to eat butter instead of margarine in order to avoid trans fat.

Answers: 1. True; 2. True; 3. True; 4. True; 5.False. Americans eat about 5.8 grams daily. 6. True; 7. True; 8. True; 9. False. The combined amount of saturated fat, trans fat and cholesterol for butter is usually higher than margarine even if the margarine contains more trans fat than butter.

Source: U.S. Food and Drug Administration Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition,

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