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The statement Zero Trans Fat specifies only the amount of the ingredient per serving and does not implicitly characterize the level of trans fat in the entire product. The Zero Trans Fat statement must be made per serving amount and must appear on the package outside of the nutrition facts label. This means that all Dare Products containing the Zero Trans Fat symbol have no trans fat per reference amounts customarily consumed according to rounding rules from the Food and Drug Administration. For example, Dare Breton Crackers have Zero Trans Fat per 13 crackers (15 g).
The Food and Drug Administration has required saturated fat and dietary cholesterol to be listed on the food label since 1993. By adding trans fat on the Nutrition Facts Panel (required as of January 1, 2006), consumers now know for the first time how much of all three - saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol are in the foods they choose. Identifying saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol on the food label gives consumers information to make heart-healthy food choices that help them reduce their risk of Coronary Heart Disease (CHD). All Americans should be aware of the risk posed by consuming too much saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol. According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health, over 12.5 million Americans suffer from CHD, and more than 500,000 die each year.
Choosing the right amount and types of fats can lower your risk of developing certain diseases such as heart disease. Trans fats are a type of fat that until recently were found in high amounts in processed foods containing hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils and shortenings. It is important to limit or avoid trans fat, as they elevate the body’s cholesterol level, therefore, increasing the risk for heart disease.
The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans found at www.choosemyplate.gov key recommendations include consuming less than 10 percent of calories from saturated fatty acids and less than 300 mg/day of cholesterol and keeping trans fatty acid consumption as low as possible. Jane Dummer, Registered Dietician agrees, it is important to reduce or eliminate processed food products containing large amounts of trans fat.
Simple ways to choose better fats
Jane Dummer, Registered Dietician recommends for good health, to limit the amount of saturated and trans fat in your day. Enjoy baked foods rather than fried foods. Check the Nutrition Facts Panel and choose foods that are lower in saturated and trans fat. Choose foods that contain monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fat such as sunflower, canola and soybean oils.
Menu Planning Ideas
Have three (3) Dare Cabaret Crackers and a piece of fruit for a mid-morning nibble. Dare grainsfirst whole grain snack crackers paired with low fat cheese is an excellent choice for nutritious snacking through the day. Try two (2) Vinta crackers topped with salsa for a delicious appetizer.