Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Health Care | By Edgar Pierce

Agency reaffirms complete ban on trans fats by July

Agency reaffirms complete ban on trans fats by July

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has released a plan to help countries wipe out trans fats from the global food supply in the next five years. The determination from the FDA said that removing the trans fats "could prevent thousands of heart attacks and deaths each year".

It increases the risk of heart disease by 21 per cent and death by 28 per cent. Some governments have implemented nationwide bans on partially hydrogenated oils, the main source of industrially-produced trans fats.

Commercially produced trans fatty acids are found in hardened vegetable fats, such as margarine and clarified butter, and are often found in snack foods, baked goods, and fried foods.

A ban on the processed fats would save half a million lives each year, World Health Organization says. However, as the World Health Organization pointed out in their suggestions, many high-income countries have been able to encourage companies to lower or eliminate their trans fat use, while low- to middle-income countries might not have the resources to instigate a ban.

'The world is now setting its sights on today's leading killers - particularly heart disease, which kills more people than any other cause in nearly every country, ' said Dr Frieden, president of a New-York-based project called Resolve to Save Lives.

In June, all products sold in the United States must be free of industrially produced trans-fats.

Dr M.S.S. Mukharjee, senior cardiologist, said, "Trans fats are produced when oil is repeatedly heated".

"Trans fats are a harmful compound that can be removed easily without major cost and without any impact on the quality of the foods", Branca said.

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These types of fats have been altered to be more like saturated fat and are therefore more solid at room temperature.

Los Angeles Times: Health officials launch ambitious plan to rid the world of trans fats (Healy, 5/14).

According to a study published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine, Denmark's cardiovascular disease deaths declined dramatically three years after policy was enforced.

"New York City eliminated industrially-produced trans fat a decade ago, following Denmark's lead".

Willett, who was an early voice in the fight against trans fats, further explains that the low cost of a full transition to much healthier fats when taken into account the enormous payoff of the move should make the idea a no-brainer.

Artificial trans fats are more popular because they have a longer shelf life. Trans fats still hide in some foods that millions of people eat every day, like coffee creamer, baking products like margarine and shortening, pre-made frosting, some potato chips, pre-made dough and fried food.

He's right. Various studies have shown that both the bans in NY and Denmark noticeably reduced the rate of death from heart disease in just three years.

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