Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Top 10 Food Label Tricks to Avoid in 2012

After overindulging during the holidays, many of us have resolved to eat a healthier diet in the new year. But doing so means choosing the right foods, and too often misleading food labels prompt us to purchase items that we think are good for us but really aren't. Here are 10 common labeling tricks to be aware of as you beef up your diet in 2012.

On labels anything less than 0.5 grams of trans fat -- a "bad" fat that's been linked to heart disease and other conditions -- can be legally rounded down to zero. That means if you eat several servings of a so-called trans fat-free food -- or a few such foods a day -- you can wind up consuming measurable amounts of trans fat. To avoid it, check ingredient labels and steer clear of anything containing partially hydrogenated oils.

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