You Sure That's Trans Fat Free?

20070820transfat.jpgI made my way out to Coney Island this weekend, a hotbed of deep-fried, greasy fair food if there ever was one. How reassuring it was then, as I stood in line for a hot dog, to find out via a hand-scrawled note on a paper plate–cum-sign, that my cheese fries were "100 per cent 'trans fats' free."

Then again, they might not have been. According to ABC News, there's some wiggle room in the claim:

Federal regulations allow food labels to say there's zero grams of trans fat as long as there's less than half a gram per serving. And many packages contain more than what's considered one serving.

"The problem is that often people eat a lot more than one serving," said Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian of Harvard School of Public Health. "In fact, many people eat two to three servings at a time."

Or they eat two to three servings of trans-fat-free cheese fries at a time.

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