Last week we talked about Cool Ranch Doritos and how with 34 ingredients, you can’t expect a healthy snack. Yesterday we got an email from Lindsey, who pointed out a discrepancy in another Doritos product – Nacho Cheese:
How can the package say “0 Trans Fat” when the ingredient list contains partially hydrogenated oils?
What you need to know:
Turns out there is a loophole in nutrition labeling laws. If the value of a nutrient is lower than 0.5 grams per serving, then it can be “rounded down” to zero and labeled as such. This includes trans-fat.
Luckily, a quick look at the ingredient list can inform you if zero is really zero. Unfortunately, this product contains partially hydrogenated oils, i.e. trans-fat.
In the last decade, Frito-Lay has done a good job of removing trans-fats from its product line of chips and puffs, but for some reason this product still has them.
This product also has artificial colors and a whole bunch of fake flavor enhancers.
Not a good choice.
What to do at the supermarket:
If you’re going to have a savory snack, opt for the ones with a small number of ingredients, usually the unflavored tortilla chips. Read the ingredient list. Look for partially hydrogenated oils.