Originally Posted by LindaF144a
Yeah and I call shenigans on that too. It's that "per serving". Make the serving size small enough on the box to get past the law, but you are probably getting just as much as you used to get.
Just looking at Sweetex vs. Sweetex Z, the serving size has not changed but the trans fats per serving has gone from 3.5g to under 0.5g. I don't think Dream Whip has ever contained trans fats, but I could be wrong.
There are FDA standards for serving sizes, so manufacturers can't change serving sizes arbitrarily to get around other laws. (Well, they can, but they will be fined when the FDA reviews their label.)
More info on labeling and serving sizes:
I agree that the TF ban is a joke (if that was your point, I wasn't clear on that), especially since mono- and diglycerides do not count as trans fat even though they eventually turn into trans fat in the body. I would rather people be allowed to make up their own minds about what they consume with better labeling laws, especially when you're talking about an item like cake that people typically don't eat every day.
And the Dream Whip ingredients are basically sugar, oil, thickeners (similar to egg whites or tapioca starch), and emulsifiers (similar to egg yolks or honey). I certainly wouldn't down the whole box in one sitting, but given the small amount typically used in a recipe I don't see it as a big health concern. If you research what the ingredients actually are they become less scary, just because something is artificial doesn't mean it's dangerous.
In my shop here in NY I use nothing with transfat in it, even those that state they are below the standard because they have just found a way to lie.
How do you confirm your ingredients have zero trans fats, since manufacturers can legally say their products have 0 TF is they are under 0.5g/serving? This point was called out specifically in the guidance document for the CA trans fat law -- food you make is still considered to have zero trans fat even if you use multiple servings of an ingredient listed as 0 TF/serving, since there's no way to know if it's actually 0 or 0.49g/serving.