ANCHOR LEAD: ARE TRANS FATS REALLY THE CULPRIT THEY’RE BILLED TO BE? ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
New York is banning trans fats from cooking, and more states are poised to follow suit. New food labeling requires that amounts of trans fats be reported in packaged products. Is this all just hype or are trans fats really that bad? Lawrence Cheskin, a human nutrition expert at Johns Hopkins, comments.
CHESKIN: The truth is that it is a previously unrecognized danger that should be removed from the food supply, and in fact I have concerns even with the way we label foods. Now a lot of products are proudly saying zero trans fats but in fact that doesn’t mean zero necessarily it just means it’s less than half a gram per serving, so if you’re eating several servings of some processed food that has .45 grams of fat instead of .5 grams of fat you may think you’re getting no trans fat and in fact you’re getting almost 2 grams. :31
Cheskin says savvy consumers should read labels carefully and ask about cooking methods when dining out. I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.