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Q. How can some brands of peanut butter claim “zero trans fats,” but still list hydrogenated oil in the ingredients list?

How can some brands of peanut butter claim “zero trans fats,” but still list hydrogenated oil in the ingredients list?

A. With the new trans-fat nutrition-labeling rules, products labeled “0 trans fats” can still contain up to half a gram of trans fat per serving. You can assume that “trans-free” peanut butter still contains a small amount of trans fat if partially hydrogenated oil is listed as an ingredient.

Trans fats help make peanut butter shelf-stable, smooth and creamy. But now that trans fats’ heart-damaging effects are widely known, many peanut butter manufacturers are replacing them with palm oil. While palm oil is trans-fat-free, about half of its fat is saturated, adding about 1.5 grams sat fat to each 2-tablespoon serving.

Have we traded one “bad fat” for another? Could be. While you may have heard that palm oil has less of a cholesterol-raising effect than other tropical oils, the research isn’t conclusive. Your best bet is to choose natural peanut butters that contain neither added palm oil nor trans fats.

See the winners of our Natural Peanut Butter Taste Test.

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The big this is that trans fats are PARTIALLY hydrogenated oils, while fully hydrogenated oils are just normal saturated fat.

Anonymous

07/19/2013 - 11:21pm

I am sorry but saturated fats are good for you, Cause of Ancel keys putting them in the same catagory as trans-fats "saturated fats were demonized because of this", They are actually the opposite of trans-fats
Ancel keys skipped the studies that were on tribes that ate a huge amount of saturated fats and high amounts of protein, instead he studied trans-fats and placed saturated fats in the same catagory as trans fats therefore demonizing them, The only thing he wanted to do is be right.
Researching this proves it all.

Anonymous

12/14/2013 - 3:07pm

The only fats you need to avoid are industrial trans fats(polyunsaturated fats that have been blasted with hydrogen atoms) and (GMO derived) rancid polyunsaturated veg oils like corn, canola, safflower, etc. Basically any fat that wasn't used until the 20th century. There are are trans fats that naturally occur in grass-fed beef that are said either be neutral or good for your health. If you consume real food that is unprocessed or only slightly processed, i.e. lightly pasturized or raw, non-homogenized grass-fed milk, from organic, local and/or pasture-raised sources, you'll be fine. The stupid myth about saturated fat needs to end soon. It has been very destructive to the health of the American populous. Thank you Ancel Keys and all the corrupt corporations pushing their disgusting rancid fats/oils in place of good quality fats like pastured pork lard, grass-fed butter, virgin coconut oil and whole fat grass-fed dairy. Low-fat is so 90s. Bring me my fatty salmon cooked in coconut oil and my veggies roasted with grass-fed butter and extra-virgin olive oil, plz.

Anonymous

12/30/2013 - 4:41pm

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