Don’t fall into “cholesterol-free” traps
- Don’t assume that a food labeled “cholesterol free” is good for you. It may still contain bad fats, be high in calories, or high in sugar.
Beware of “trans-fat free” labels!
- In the United States, foods are allowed to be labeled “trans-fat free” if it contains less than .5 grams of trans fats per serving. Even though half a gram of trans-fat may seem small, it can add up, especially if you’re eating more than 1 serving.
- Instead focusing on the “trans-fat free” label, focus on the ingredients. If the ingredients contain partially hydrogenated oils, that is the same thing as trans-fats; so don’t buy it.
- Avoid foods that contain partially hydrogenated oils! The following types of packaged foods at supermarkets often contain partially hydrogenated oils: Chocolate, peanut butter, energy bars, crackers, cookies, cakes, pastries, biscuits, potato chips, imitation cheese, microwave popcorn, other snack foods. Make sure you read your labels and stay away from them if they contain it.
- In general, check the Nutrition Facts panel to compare foods – make sure serving sizes are consistent before your compare similar foods. Choose foods lower in saturated fat, Trans fat, and cholesterol. For saturated fat and cholesterol, keep in mind that 5 percent of the Daily Value (%DV) or less is good, and of course 0 is best.