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Study Reveals Deceptive Trans Fat Food Labeling

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Study Reveals Deceptive Trans Fat Food Labeling

Despite an approval from the Food and Drug Administration, nutrition labels on food packaging could be misleading consumers, causing them to ingest more than their daily allotment of fats.

The FDA allows foods with less than 0.5 grams of trans fat to be labeled as trans fat-free, according to a study conducted by Eric Brandt, a student at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Brandt's study calls for a change in labeling.

"I looked more closely at the list of ingredients and found that a lot of foods that say they have no trans fats actually contain partially hydrogenated oils, which do have trans fat in them," said Brandt to ABC News Radio.

"Research has consistently shown that if you add up small amounts less than 0.5 grams over time, it can become a significant amount and can be harmful to health," he added.

Brandt recommends that the FDA alter its labeling to more accurately reflect the amount of trans fat within a product by reporting it in smaller increments. A change such as this will allow packaging to more accurately report a product's trans fat content and allow consumers to make more informed decisions when eating.