When reading food labels, what are some red flags to look for?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Tracee Yablon-Brenner will show you how to read labels because a product can have 0 grams of partially hydrogenated vegetable oils in it which is a trans fat. So, even if the product is labeled trans fat free, you should look at the label and ingredient list to see if there are partially hydrogenated vegetable oils in it.

    Tracee Brenner

    Tracee is founder of Nutrition is Healing a nutrition counseling firm to provide individualized services regarding weight loss, eating disorders, prevention of heart disease, diabetes, blood pressure, GI issues and overall wellness. The focus is on Holistic Nutrition, incorporating the importance of eating real foods, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, herbs and spices and understanding the incredible benefits they have on your body, as well as stress reducing techniques. Tracee went to Johnson and Wales Culinary school and graduated in 1986 and went back to school to become a Registered Dietitian at Marymount College and did her internship at New York Hospital Cornell Medical Center. She recently co-authored the book Whole Life Nurtition: A Simple Approach to Nourishing America’s Busy Families. Tracee is currently launching a company web-site www.Realfoodmoms.com which include a blog and cooking section for parents, rankings of healthy food products and a nutrition section answering questions from teens and tweens. Tracee continued her education at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and participates in many continue education classes including Mind Body Medicine through the Institute of Mind Body Medicine. Tracee is a member of the American Dietetic Association and Nutrition Entrepreneurs, Nutrition in Complementary Care and Weight Management practice groups. She is also a member of the American Botanical Society and a member of the Haworth School Wellness Committee and Action For Healthy Kids.

    Host: What are some red flags you should for?

    Tracee Yablon-Brenner: You have to read labels because a product can have 0.

    5 grams of partially hydrogenated vegetable oils in it which is a trans fat. So, even if the product is labeled trans fat free, you should look at the label and ingredient list to see if there are partially hydrogenated vegetable oils in it. You also want to see if it's really high in sugar. If it's really in sugar it's not a great product because it's hard for your body to metabolize it, the sugar and you want to see if there is a large percentage of saturated fat also in the label and if there is, that s another thing you want to stay away from.