Peanut butter is a staple in the Pilgrim family. Athos and Porthos have it for breakfast several times a week, sometimes for supper as well. Some months back, I read that many brands of peanut butter contain trans fat. So I switched from our usual brand to Peter Pan, whose label read “0 trans fat”.
But while doing the groceries at NTUC Fairprice today, I decided to read the ingredients more carefully. To my surprise, I found “partially hydrogenated vegetable oils” listed. I always thought that was the same thing as trans fat.
I’ve been wondering about how trustworthy food labels are. Anyhow, I decided that today I would stop wondering and start acting. So I’ve just emailed ConAgra Foods (which owns the Peter Pan brand). Here is what I wrote:
“I recently switched from a rival brand of peanut butter to Peter Pan because the nutrition label says “0 trans fat”. However, I just noticed that ‘partially hydrogenated vegetable oils’ is listed in the ingredients. Isn’t that the same as trans fat? I’d appreciate a clarification.”
I’ll post the reply when I get one.