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What does “Total Fat” mean on a food label?

Food label

Total Fat on the food label represents the amount of fat in one serving of the product.

Total Fat comes from four sources:

  • Saturated Fat
  • Trans Fat
  • Polyunsaturated Fat
  • Monounsaturated Fat

Note: Manufacturers are required to list saturated fat and trans fat as subcategories of total fat and can voluntarily list monounsaturated fat and polyunsaturated fat.

There are 12 grams of total fat in one serving of this product

6 grams = saturated fat
0.5 grams = trans fat.

You can assume the remaining 5.5 grams of fat come from monounsaturated and/or polyunsaturated fat, even though it’s not listed on the label.

Here’s the math:

12 grams of total fat
– 6 grams of saturated fat
– 0.5 grams of trans fat
= 5.5 grams of polyunsaturated and/or monounsaturated fat

Source:
FDA (Food and Drug Administration)





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