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[MAY 3, 2004]  Helping consumers cope with trans fatty acids will be discussed during the final session of a five-part in-service training series for dietitians, home economists and other interested health care professionals. The purpose of this session is to give professionals understanding of issues surrounding trans fatty acids so they in turn can help the public use information on trans fatty acids to make meaningful dietary choices. The teleconference is scheduled for 3:30-5:30 p.m. May 20 at the Logan County Extension office, 980 N. Postville Drive.

During the last decade, increasing concerns have been expressed over dietary trans fatty acids. They tend to raise the "bad" LDL cholesterol while lowering the "good" HDL cholesterol, making them at least as harmful as some saturated fatty acids.

The Food and Drug Administration is requiring that the trans fat content be listed on food labels effective Jan. 1, 2006. The trans fat content has already appeared on many food labels, and the food industry is already taking steps to lower trans fats in many food products.

Consumers often get caught in the crossfire when such diet and health-related issues come to the forefront. The information is often confusing and overwhelming. Some just give up and donít even try to make prudent dietary changes. This training session is designed to assist professionals in helping consumers understand what these fatty acids are, where they come from and how to limit their intake.


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The discussion will be led by Dr. Robert J. Reber, associate professor of nutrition in the University of Illinois Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at Urbana-Champaign.

The American Dietetic Association has approved two continuing professional education hours of in-service credit for registered dietitians taking this session. To register for the session, please contact the Extension office at 732-8289. There is a $10 charge for the program.

[News release from the Logan County office
of University of Illinois Extension

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