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Revista de Saúde Pública
Print version ISSN 0034-8910
PROENCA, Rossana Pacheco da Costa and SILVEIRA, Bruna Maria. Intake recommendations and labeling of trans fat in processed foods in Brazil: analysis of official documents. Rev. Saúde Pública [online]. 2012, vol.46, n.5, pp. 923-928. ISSN 0034-8910. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0034-89102012000500020.
Consumption of trans fat has been proven to be harmful to human health. This lipid is found mainly in partially hydrogenated vegetable fat, which is widely used in processed foods. The aim of this study was to analyze official publications on maximum limits for consumption of trans fat and the regulations for its mandatory notification on the nutritional labeling of processed foods in Brazil. Weaknesses in the content of the documents analyzed were found, especially regarding the need for reformulation of both the maximum recommended consumption and the notification of trans fat on nutritional labeling for processed foods. This paper makes suggestions for this reformulation, through which it is sought to help consumers in controlling their trans fat intake and, consequently, in promotion of health.
Keywords : Trans Fatty Acids; Industrialized Foods; Food Labeling; Consumer Health Information; Dietary Fats; Legislation, Food.