Published: Mon, May 14, 2018
Health Care | By Edgar Pierce

WHO Plans to Eliminate Trans Fat by 2023

WHO Plans to Eliminate Trans Fat by 2023

"Multinational companies that make trans fats and have used them as ingredients said they have largely eliminated those oils from foods in the US, parts of Europe and Canada, where governments already restrict their use".

The WHO notes that the communities with trans fats bans have seen a corresponding decline in cardiovascular-disease deaths, and that adoption of its six-step program can wipe the problem out around the world.

Consumers didn't miss trans fats when they were replaced in Denmark, the first country to eliminate them, said Steen Stender, professor of nutrition, exercise and sports at the University of Copenhagen.

WHO global ambassador for noncommunicable diseases Michael Bloomberg said: "Banning trans fats in New York City helped reduce the number of heart attacks without changing the taste or cost of food, and eliminating their use around the world can save millions of lives.

In India, for example, researchers have found high concentrations of trans fats in street food and in packaged snacks, many of which have no warning labels".

During 2015, the FDA gave food businesses three years to eliminate artificial trans fats that contain the hydrogenated oils from foods that are processed.

Trans fats are popular with manufacturers of fried, baked and snack foods because they have a long shelf life, but they are bad for consumers, increasing heart disease risk by 21% and deaths by 28%, a World Health Organization statement said.

Speaking at the launch of the REPLACE initiative in Geneva, WHO director-general Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said: "WHO calls on governments to use the REPLACE action package to eliminate industrially-produced trans-fatty acids from the food supply".

Create awareness of the negative health impact of trans fats among policy makers, producers, suppliers, and the public.

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The WHO is now pushing middle- and lower-income countries to pick up the fight, said Dr. Francesco Branca, director of the WHO's Department of Nutrition for Health and Development. Some governments have implemented nationwide bans on partially hydrogenated oils, the main source of industrially-produced trans fats.

Legislate or enact regulatory actions to eliminate industrially-produced trans fats.

It said excessive amounts of saturated fat and trans fats should be replaced by polyunsaturated fats, such as fish, canola and olive oils.

Enforce compliance with policies and regulations. "Trans fat is an unnecessary toxic chemical that kills, and there's no reason people around the world should continue to be exposed". While REPLACE is not a mandate, the organization hopes it will help governments swiftly eliminate these fats.

There are two main sources for trans fats: natural sources (in the dairy products and meat of ruminants such as cows and sheep) and industrially-produced sources (partially hydrogenated oils). In the decades that followed, food companies began incorporating partially hydrogenated oil into their products because it increased the shelf life of baked goods and facilitated an easier way to make buyer-friendly food textures.

Trans fats boost levels of bad LDL cholesterol, increasing the risk of heart disease by 21%.

The WHO recommends that no more than 1 percent of a person's calories come from trans fats.

But over time, health studies began to show correlations between trans fat and high cholesterol and heart failure risk.

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