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'Firms mislabel food products on trans-fat'

india Updated: Mar 31, 2012 02:18 IST
Chetan Chauhan
Chetan Chauhan
Hindustan Times
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Most popular fast food items such as burgers, pizzas, fries and potato chips contain a high quantity of trans-fat, which is bad for your heart, the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) claimed on Friday.

Trans-fat is artificially added through a process called hydrogenation, which solidifies the fat and gives it longer shelf life. This very quality of trans-fat makes it bad for the human body — clogging arteries and increasing the probability of a heart attack.

Though a person consuming 2.1 gm to 2.6 gm of trans-fat everyday is safe, the CSE claimed that certain combinations of fast food items result in higher intake of the substance. A KFC's combo meal amounts to intake of about 3 gm of trans-fat. The McDonald meal contains 2 gm.

However, Yum! Restaurants India, which runs KFC, claimed that all its products have "zero added trans-fat" and said they meet stringent international and national norms. http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/Popup/2012/3/31_03_12-metro12b.jpg

McDonald general manager (corporate communications) Rajesh Kr Maini said, "We use palm oil because its trans-fat level is so low, it is virtually undetectable".

However, Sunita Narian, director general of CSE, said most companies "mislabel" their products, as far as trans-fat is concerned. "We also found that Lays failed to inform consumers that trans-fat in its chips increased to 3.7 gm per 100 gm in March from 0.9 gm in December 2011."