Last week the Food and Drug Administration has announced its plan to ban trans fat in processed foods. The decision comes based on the research and evidence related to increased morbidity and mortality (additional 7,000 deaths related to cardiovascular events and 20,000 heart attacks per year.) Trans fats are found in foods such as donuts, frozen pizza, frosting, microwaveable popcorn and other. It is important to remind patients that the removal of trans fats from these products does not produce foods that are superior to healthier, plant-based choices. How do you typically educate your patients on how to read and understand nutrition labels?
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