Nutrition Label Changes Mean Disease Prevention for You
are calling for the addition of specific trans-fatty acid information
to food labeling to help consumers make more informed food choices and
avoid adding to their risk of heart disease, according to the Food and
Drug Administration (FDA).
made by a process that solidifies oils and prolongs the shelf life of
processed foods, are found in vegetable shortenings, some margarines,
crackers, cookies, and other snack foods. They provide no nutritional
trans-fats from all margarines, 3 percent of breads and cakes and 15
percent of cookies and crackers would prevent up to 17,100 heart
attacks and 5,600 deaths per year, according to research presented at
an American Heart Association conference this past June.
A 1 percent
trans-fatty acid intake would be eliminated simply as a result of
people knowing which products contained the substance, which is linked
to increases in levels of low density lipoprotein (LDL or "bad")
cholesterol, researchers estimate.
could take approximately 10 years to fully realize the health benefits
from labeling changes, dietary changes following the change could save
between $25 to $59 billion over 20 years, which compares favorably to
projected costs of $401 to $854 million for making the labeling change
and reformulating products over the same period, according to the