Healthy Living Tips

Healthy Living Tip #256

Read labels for hidden Fats

Many packaged goods are hiding places for bad fats. It is now the law for packaged food labels to list detailed nutritional information including the type of fat they contain. Look at the Nutrition Facts panel of your favorite packaged foods; then select items that have a low percentage of fat and contain little or no saturated or trans fats. Visit www.healthycanadians.ca for more information on how to read nutrition labels. Read labels for hidden fats

Look for these hidden fats:

  • Saturated fat, butter, milk fat, any meat fats, or lard
  • Palm or coconut oil
  • Hydrogenated fat or hydrogenated vegetable oil
  • Shortening
  • Tallow
  • Monoglycerides and diglycerides
  • Trans fat

Be wary of labels that say:

  • No cholesterol or cholesterol-free. It means no animal fat but the product can still have hydrogenated fats, a “bad fat” that can increase your risk of heart disease or stroke.
  • Fat-free. It may have larger amounts of sugar, making it high in empty calories.