WASHINGTON (AP) - Good news for anyone who eats!
Soon, food labels will have to say how much artery-clogging trans fat is inside.
Trans fat helps make foods like doughnuts and crackers taste good. Its most common source is partially hydrogenated vegetable oil. But trans fat is at least as bad for the heart as its better-known cousin, saturated fat -- and many doctors consider it even worse.
Today, consumers have no way of knowing how much trans fat they eat. New regulations to be announced on Thursday will change that.
The FDA estimates that listing trans fat content on food labels would save 2,000 to 5,600 lives each year. That's because people would either choose healthier foods or manufacturers would leave the bad fat out.