Eight Years Ago

F.D.A. Announced New Nutrition Labeling Requirement 

After more than a decade of debate, the Food and Drug Administration announced on July 9, 2003 that it would require food producers to include the amount of trans fatty acids on nutrition labels.

The new requirement did not go into effect until 2006.  The idea behind reducing the levels of trans fats, which producers began using in the 1980s, was to avoid another health risk, saturated fats.

Look at the labels of the food containers in your home. Would you know that trans fats are found in thousands of foods, including cookies,crackers, french fries, puddings, imitation cheese, and chicken nuggets?

The best advice, according to growing numbers of health and nutrition experts, is simply to buy foods that are organically grown or foods whose ingredients you recognize as safe.

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