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What does zero trans fat mean on food labels?

Toby Smithson
Nutrition & Dietetics

Trans fats are one type of fatty acid formed during the processing of partial hydrogenation. They are found naturally in some foods but mostly from foods that are partially hydrogenated. Trans fats act like saturated fat in the body and tend to raise blood cholesterol levels. A food label that indicates 0 trans fats means the product has less than .5 grams of trans fat per serving. Therefore, it is important to check the serving size of the product you are consuming.

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