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Misleading Trans Fat Labeling

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The nutrition world is deceiving, especially when it comes to food’s single most deadly nutrient–trans fat, the type of fat that simultaneously lowers HDL cholesterol (good), raises LDL cholesterol (bad), and destroys the heart.

Even though manufacturers label foods at 0 g trans fat, the reality is that many of these products do in fact have trans fat, they simply aren’t mandated by law to list it.

One little known fact is that the FDA (the Food & Drug Administration) allows companies to list 0 g of trans fat on a food’s nutrition label as long as it contains .5 g or fewer. Any food/drink with .01-.49 g of trans fat WILL be labeled as 0 g.

That’s atrocious. You’re probably saying, “this guy’s crazy, is .49 g of trans fat really going to kill me?” YES. YES. YES. If you eat large quantities of processed foods the fractional trans fat content adds up quickly. .49 g +.49 g+ .49 g+ .49 g quickly racks up to a nice sum.

Considering that there is no recommended daily value for trans fat, even 1 g of trans fat per day can have HORRIBLE health implications for your cholesterol, circulation, and heart.

It takes 10 seconds to trans fat-proof your diet. Here’s what you can do to become a trans fat detective:

  1. Check the fats section of the nutrition label. If it has any level of trans fat listed, avoid it.
  2. Scan the list of ingredients. Partially hydrogenated oils = trans fats. Absolutely avoid any food that has these ingredients. The most likely offender will be partially hydrogenated soybean oil.


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Bryan DiSanto

Bryan DiSanto

Founder & Editor-in-Chief at Lean It UP
ELLO ELLO I'm Bryan DiSanto. I'm the Founder & Editor-in-Chief of Lean It UP, a CPT/CSN/Fitness Coach, Chef trained at Le Cordon Bleu – Paris, NYU graduate, ex-fat kid, and all-around fitness junkie.

I also contribute to Men's Health Magazine.

When I'm not working on my abs (or somebody else’s), whipping up avocado roses and avocado toast, or running a Tough Mudder, I'm probably yelling at a Carolina Panthers game somewhere.

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Bryan DiSanto