The Mouth Revolution
No Trans Fat


We the Mouths, in order to build a more perfect body, will not open to Trans Fats, which increase the risk of heart disease.

 

What are they?
Chemically modified ingredients, trans fats are created artificially by combining hydrogen with vegetable oil in a process called hydrogenation. These hydrogenated oils, also known as trans fats, have a longer shelf life than natural oils and butters. They allow baked goods to last longer, and are used to extend the life of frying oil. Typically found in processed food such as commercially prepared snacks, cookies, cakes and crackers, potato chips and microwave popcorn, trans fats are also found as cooking oils, margarines and shortenings, and are commonly used for frying in restaurants. Very small quantities of trans facts occur naturally, mainly in animal products.

 

Why should consumers be concerned?
Several scientific studies show evidence that consuming trans fats increases the risk of developing coronary heart disease (CHD). Like saturated fat and dietary cholesterol, trans fat raises LDL cholesterol (the “bad cholesterol”), which causes major clogging of the arteries. According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health, more than 12.5 million Americans have CHD, and more than 500,000 die each year. That makes CHD one of the leading causes of death in the United States. There is also mounting concern that trans fats may contribute to cancer, diabetes or liver dysfunction.

Further, researchers at Harvard University found that the trans fat created by the hydrogenation process clogged the arteries of people who consumed foods made with the product. The researchers estimated that 30,000 Americans die each year because of the fats. Recent research suggests trans fat may also contribute to Type II diabetes.

 

What are the existing regulations?
Since January 1, 2006 The Food and Drug Administration has required that trans fats be listed on food Nutrition Facts panels along with saturated fat and cholesterol, enabling consumers to more closely monitor their trans fat intake. In December, 2006 New York City Board of Health voted to ban artificial trans fats in restaurant cooking.


Annie’s Homegrown products, including macaroni and cheese and snacks, contain no trans fats.


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