'Zero Trans Fats' Food Labels May Be Misleading

The FDA allows a product to claim it has no trans fats if there is less than 0.5 grams per serving.
1:40 | 08/29/14

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That warning about food labels. Dangerous trans fats linked to heart disease and diabetes and a new government study finding when a label says transphat at zero it doesn't necessarily mean that. Abbie Boudreau has more. Reporter: Scan items in your grocery store. Does zero trans fat means you consume zero fat? The fda allows if a product has less than 0.5 grams of trans fats per serving, they can claim that it has zero. It's misleading. Reporter: According to a new study by the CDC it appears in your favorite goodies when partially hydrogenated oil is on the label. It makes food last longer and tastier. Having too much of it does increase one's risk for heart disease and diabetes. Reporter: Some brands of chips, cookie, popcorn and pretzels boast zero grams of trans fats. But, in fact, they do con 0.5 grams of trans fats. So what's the big deal? If you're having multiple servings of something like chips you could be having somewhere between 1.5 to 2 grams of trans fat which is less than ideal. Reporter: The American heart association says you should aim to have no more than two grams of trans fats per day. If you see partially hydrogenated vegetable oil it means it has some level of trans fats. Reporter: Small Numbers that could make a big difference in your life. For "Good morning America," Abbie Boudreau, ABC news, los Angeles. All right, we appreciate it, Abbie. Do you read the food labels. Tweet us. "Pop news" and weather coming

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