If you're up on your nutrition news, you've probably heard by now that trans fats are bad for you. By raising levels of "bad" LDL cholesterol and lowering levels of "good" HDL cholesterol, trans fats can contribute to your risk of heart attacks, heart disease, and strokes. They're also associated with a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes. With all these dangers, it's no surprise that the FDA required trans fat to be listed on the Nutrition Facts label, beginning in 2006. As a result, Americans are snapping up products that proudly advertise themselves as having "0 grams trans fat." But even if you're reading the label and only purchasing products with 0 grams of trans fat, you might still be consuming it. How is that possible? We've got the answers.
On Monday, the USDA and HHS announced the new Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010. We here at ShopWell are excited by this focus on nutrition. We take guidelines like these seriously and incorporate them into our site, making them actionable. So take a moment and ask yourself: am I doing all I can to stay healthy?
If not, here are some great ways to use ShopWell to get you started making dietary changes today.
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