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eppur_se_muova Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-29-06 03:47 PM
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American Heart Association dietary recommendations: avoid trans fats
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dietary recommendations for 2006:
makes "high-priority recommendation" that
food manufacturers and restaurants replace
partially hydrogenated oils

On June 19, 2006, the American Heart Association (AHA) issued its "2006 Diet and Lifestyle Recommendations." The recommendations contain a balanced approach to maintaining a health diet. The full recommendations are well worth reading as they represent the "state of the art" on nutrition.

On the subject of trans fat, the AHA recommends that your daily intake of trans fats be limited to 1 percent of total calories, which is equivalent to roughly 2 to 2.5 grams of trans fat per day.

To give you a sense of what 2 to 2.5 grams per day means, let's look at some popular food items sold in the United States.

One McDonald's large fries contains 8 grams of trans fat.
A McDonald's apple pie contains 4.5 grams of trans fat.
Four Girl Scout shortbread cookies contain 1.5 grams of trans fat.
A large order of KFC Popcorn Chicken contains 7 grams of trans fat.
KFC's Chicken Pot Pie contains 14 grams of trans fat.
A typical 3-piece KFC Extra Crispy combo meal, with a drumstick, two thighs, potato wedges, and a biscuit contains 15 grams of trans fat.
All of these products contain partially hydrogenated oil.

to read more, check out: http://www.bantransfat.org /

Lots of recent news on that site. Good: Wendy's, Cheesecake Factory(!), Oreo cookies. Needs work: Girl Scout cookies. Bottom of the barrel: KFC, McDonald's
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