Europe is considering a label requirement that would list all trans fat on the label. However, some believe taking that approach could lead consumers to make bad choices about dairy products in their diets.

The problem, explains Dutch professor Ronald Mensink, who together with a colleague proved in 1990 that artificial trans fats raise bad cholesterol levels, is that naturally-occurring trans fat and artificial trans fat are not necessarily the same. While research has shown that artificial trans fat does have negative consequences, the health impact of naturally-occurring trans fat has not been fully investigated and therefore is not known at this time.

To avoid confusing consumers, Mensink would like to see labels in Europe list the two types of trans-fats separately. Or follow the example set in Canada and the United States to only list the amount of artificial trans fat on the label.

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