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Trip to the grocery store brings home little trans fat.

Byline: The Register-Guard

This whole trans fat brouhaha made me wonder how much of this man-made gunk I was putting into my own diet.

Turns out not much, if any, at least when I shop at the grocery store. That surprised me, as a single guy who rarely cooks for himself and often reaches into the freezer to pull out another frozen entree for dinner.

In fact, I scored a big fat zero on trans fat during my last visit to Safeway, even if my other fat consumption could use some work.

So maybe the FDA rule is having an effect? Or maybe some food manufacturers just aren't telling the truth?

Here's what I picked up at Safeway (with trans fat highlighted in bold) and the amount of fat per serving I recorded on the label after getting home.

- Mark Baker

In the shopping cart

Safeway brand Raisin Bran: Total fat, 1 gram; trans fat, 0 grams; saturated fat, 0 grams; polyunsaturated fat, 0.5 grams; monounsaturated fat, 0 grams

Healthy Advantage Granola with Raisins: Total fat, 3.5 grams; trans fat, 0 grams; saturated fat, 0.5 grams; polyunsaturated fat, 1 gram; monounsaturated fat, 1.5 grams

Foster Farms Boneless Chicken Breasts: Total fat, 1.5 grams; trans fat, 0 grams; saturated fat, 0 grams

Dozen Lucerne Grade AA Eggs: Total fat, 4.5 grams; trans fat, 0 grams; saturated fat, 1.5 grams

Half gallon Lucerne Fat-Free Milk: Total fat, 0.5 grams; trans fat, 0 grams; saturated fat, 0 grams

Safeway brand 100 percent Whole Wheat Bread: Total fat, 1.5 grams; trans fat, 0 grams; saturated fat, 0 grams

Safeway brand Butter-Flavored Light Syrup: Total fat, 0 grams; trans fat, 0 grams; saturated fat, 0 grams

Progresso Chicken Noodle Soup: Total fat, 2.5 grams; trans fat, 0 grams; saturated fat, 0.5 grams; polyunsaturated fat, 0.5 grams; monounsaturated fat, 1 gram

Progresso Minestrone Soup: Total fat, 2 grams; trans fat, 0 grams; saturated fat, 0.5 grams; polyunsaturated fat, 1 gram; monounsaturated fat, 0 grams

StarKist Albacore Tuna: Total fat, 1 gram; trans fat, 0 grams; saturated fat, 0 grams

Amy's Mushroom and Olive Pizza: Total fat, 9 grams; trans fat, 0 grams; saturated fat, 3 grams

Marie Callender's Country Fried Pork Chop: Total fat, 23 grams; trans fat, 0 grams; saturated fat, 7 grams

Stouffer's Corner Bistro Sesame Chicken entree: Total fat, 15 grams; trans fat, 0 grams; saturated fat, 2.5 grams

Stouffer's Corner Bistro Monterey Chicken entree: Total fat, 23 grams; trans fat, 0 grams; saturated fat, 8 grams

12-pack Diet Coke: Total fat, 0 grams; trans fat, 0 grams; saturated fat, 0 grams

Fresh Express "Double Carrots" bag of lettuce: Total fat, 0 grams; trans fat, 0 grams; saturated fat, 0 grams

Kellogg's Special K Breakfast Bars: Total fat, 1.5 grams; trans fat, 0 grams; saturated fat, 1 gram

Breyer's "Light" Rocky Road Ice Cream Bars: Total fat, 9 grams; trans fat, 0 grams; saturated fat, 5 grams

Balance "Trail Mix" Energy Bars: Total fat, 7 grams; trans fat, 0 grams; saturated fat, 3 grams

Yoplait "Light" Nonfat Yogurt: Total fat, 0 grams; trans fat, 0 grams; saturated fat, 0 grams

Newman's "Light" Caesar Dressing: Total fat, 6 grams; trans fat, 0 grams; saturated fat, 1 gram
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Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Jan 15, 2007
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