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Does “Zero Trans Fat” Mean It’s Healthy?

Karen Collins, MS, RD, CDN American Institute for Cancer Research When you see a food labeled “zero trans fat,” can you automatically assume it’s a better choice? Not so fast. As food manufacturers rush to remove trans fat-laden products from grocery shelves, many companies are substituting equally unhealthy ingredients to retain the same flavor and […]

Light, Lite, Low? What do the nutrition labels mean?

Food labels may claim the item is light, lite, or low in sugars or fats. What does this mean? The FDA has established guidelines for nutrient descriptives so that manufacturers claims will have meaning. Below are the current FDA guidelines: Sugar Sugar free: less than 0.5 grams (g) per serving No added sugar, Without added […]

Mercury Levels in Seafood

Eat more fish, it’s good for your heart. Limit fish intake, due to risk of mercury poisoning. Sound confusing? It’s almost enough to make you hang up your fishing pole and go to KFC. Fortunately, the FDA keeps track of mercury levels in common varieties of fish, so it’s easy to tell what is safe […]

Making Sense of Nutrition Research

Karen Collins, MS, RD, CDN American Institute for Cancer Research Publicity about the recently released results from the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) on lowfat diets is a good example of the confusion the media causes when headlines seem to contradict earlier research results and common sense. Some of the media reports on the WHI study […]