"Naturally Occurring" Trans Fats?
Karen, I am curious what sources CM is using that calculates trans fat presence in whole, natural and organic foods. When I review the trans fat input in my Diary, it appears that I have exceeded the MDRA, yet I am not eating any processed or take out foods; or packaged mixes.
From all the research that I can find through the USDA, the US does not consider trans fats to be a by-product when natural oils are merely heated. Trans fatty acids, yes; trans fats, no, as the definition in the US is a hydrogenated fat. Yet the USDA does acknowledge that there is a naturally-occurring trans fat in small amounts in dairy products. Help!
Is this a matter of definition? Highly confusing.
For the US users, please also note that the USDA labeling change in 2006 does allow a manufacturer to list a product as trans-fat free, (quote)". . . ., if the total fat is less than 0.5 g per serving and no claims are made about fat, fatty acids, or cholesterol content, there are two options for declaring trans fat. The manufacturer may either list the trans fat amount as zero (0 g) on its respective line or add a footnote stating “Not a significant source of trans fat.” (end quote) See www.fns.usda.gov/fdd/_private/_audit/TransFatFactSheet.pdf I think this is rather deceptive, however, I am not on the policy board.
For grins,here's a link to an investigation of peanut butter: https://www.ars.usda.gov/news-events/news/research-news/2001/no-trans-fats-in-peanut-butter-contrary-to-current-rumor/
Gotta say that (in my mind), if there are hydrogenated fats present - no matter the amount - there are trans fats present. Period. Unfortunately, a lot of the hydrogenated fat in American foods is palm oil because those palms grow quickly and which is likely produced in the cheapest way possible - slash & burn, single crop destruction of tropical areas. Eco-politics aside, it just ain't healthy, it seems. https://agresearchmag.ars.usda.gov/2009/apr/fats
Any guidance you can give on trans fats tracked in CM will be helpful.