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AdamWW
11-07-2016, 09:20 PM
I purchased some soy tempeh, a very common vegan food that I buy regularly, from a brand I don't usually go with: Tofurky.

Considering it was an organic food, and that tempeh is not the kind of thing I think of when I think of foods that'd have trans fats, I didn't bother checking the label.

However, the label (and the website) list this product as having 1g of trans fat per serving.

Here are the ingredients:

"INGREDIENTS: Organic soybeans, organic brown rice, organic sesame seeds, organic sunflower seeds, organic millet, organic apple cider vinegar, starter culture (rhizopus oligosporus)."

Looking at that list, I don't see how it could have a gram of trans fat per serving, especially when none of the brands other tempeh products have trans fat listed.

I'm curious if, given the ingredients, this is the kind of trans fat I should avoid, or if it's possible it could be mislabeled (unlikely considering the website says the same thing).

Just never heard of trans fat in these products before, and I've bought many versions from many different brands...

gbullock32
11-07-2016, 09:30 PM
Do sesame/sunflower seeds contain naturally occurring trans. fats? If so than it should be fine as it is not hydrogenated oils.

I say should of course because I am no expert here at all.

AdamWW
11-07-2016, 09:31 PM
Do sesame/sunflower seeds contain naturally occurring trans. fats? If so than it should be fine as it is not hydrogenated oils.

I say should of course because I am no expert here at all.

I don't believe they do, no...

Mrpb
11-07-2016, 09:41 PM
I don't know where it's coming from but it's enough reason to avoid that brand. Tempeh should not contain any trans fat.

http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/legumes-and-legume-products/4381/2
http://whfoods.org/genpage.php?tname=nutrientprofile&dbid=12

AdamWW
11-07-2016, 09:45 PM
I don't know where it's coming from but it's enough reason to avoid that brand. Tempeh should not contain any trans fat.

http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/legumes-and-legume-products/4381/2
http://whfoods.org/genpage.php?tname=nutrientprofile&dbid=12

Yeah i agree, everywhere I checked states there should be zero.

Tofurky is a very, very well-known brand (perhaps the most famous brand of soy-based products ever), and I see nothing in any of their other tempeh or soy products containing trans fat EXCEPT this one.... http://www.tofurky.com/what-we-make/tempeh/organic-five-grain/#flavormenu


Again just looking at the ingredients is doesn't seem to make sense at all.

I might write them a note asking.

ErikTheElectric
11-07-2016, 10:34 PM
Meh, FWIW even during my plant based "phase". I tended to avoid the fake meats for this very reason..I would definitely hit them up.

desslok
11-07-2016, 10:35 PM
Odd, maybe the soybeans have soybean oil? Not sure...

AdamWW
11-07-2016, 10:57 PM
Meh, FWIW even during my plant based "phase". I tended to avoid the fake meats for this very reason..I would definitely hit them up.

I avoid the mock-meats as well, but tempeh is actually less processed and contains more nutrients than tofu. It's basically a less processed, whole grain tofu that is fermented. I did send them a message... curious what they'll say.

AdamWW
11-07-2016, 10:58 PM
Odd, maybe the soybeans have soybean oil? Not sure...

I'm sure oil within whole soybeans is unavoidable, but they don't contain trans in either state.

AdamWW
11-08-2016, 01:35 PM
Contacted company. Apparently it is an error and there is no trans fat (I guess they're updating their packaging).

ErikTheElectric
11-08-2016, 07:54 PM
Contacted company. Apparently it is an error and there is no trans fat (I guess they're updating their packaging).

Zoink! Get some $$$! :)

muruku
11-09-2016, 02:41 AM
it's the sunflower seeds

edit; my bad, it's sunflower oil that contains transfats

AdamWW
11-09-2016, 08:36 AM
Zoink! Get some $$$! :)

I know right!