Business Week Online has a nifty slide presentation showing the trans fat contents of what it calls the Top 10 Trans Fat Foods.*
The slides are great but I have a quibble with their (actually the government’s) stats on daily trans fat consumption.
According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, adult Americans on average consume about 5.8 grams of trans fats or 2.6% of calories, per day. And medical research shows that the daily intake of about 5 grams of trans fat is associated with a 25% increase in the risk of heart disease.
In looking at the trans fat content of any of the foods in the slide show, it’s pretty easy to see that downing even one of their selections would involve consuming more than the ‘average’ of 5.8 grams per day. For example, one order of medium french fries provides one with 8 grams of trans fat. God only knows how much is in a Supersized order.
A donut contains 5 grams. How many donut eaters stop at one?
I’ve always thought the statistics showing the average daily consumption of trans fats being in the 5-6 range were way too low. Just look at the foods in this slide show, think about how many of them the ‘average’ person eats in a day, and draw your own conclusions.
*The first item in the slide show isn’t identified. I haven’t a clue as to what it is. Can anyone help?