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Trans fats are bad for you!

US moves to ban trans fats in foods

US food safety officials have taken steps to ban the use of trans fats, saying they are a threat to health.

Trans fats, also known as partially hydrogenated oils, are no longer “generally recognised as safe”, said the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The regulator said a ban could prevent 7,000 deaths and 20,000 heart attacks in the US each year.

The FDA is opening a 60-day consultation period on the plan, which would gradually phase out trans fats.

“While consumption of potentially harmful artificial trans fat has declined over the last two decades in the United States, current intake remains a significant public health concern,” FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said in a statement.

“The FDA’s action today is an important step toward protecting more Americans from the potential dangers of trans fat.”

‘Industrially produced ingredient’

If the agency’s plan is successful, the heart-clogging oils would be considered food additives and could not be used in food unless officially approved.

The ruling does not affect foods with naturally occurring trans fats, which are present in small amounts in certain meat and dairy products.

Artificial trans fats are used both in processed food and in restaurants as a way to improve the shelf life or flavour of foods. The fats are created when hydrogen is added to vegetable oil, making it a solid.

Nutritionists have long criticised their use, saying they contribute to heart disease more than saturated fat.

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7 responses to this post.

  1. Can’t wait for the day all of those tubs of margarine are pulled from the supermarket shelves! Incredible that it’s lasted so long…

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  2. Margarine was never in my home growing up. My daughters-in-law were raised with it but have switched over when their children complained about the taste and said my butter tasted better. Score one for children’s taste buds.

    When i think about all the foods with trans fats in the stores it will take a while to get every company to phase them out, but I hope it doesn’t take long. Next on the agenda… banning high fructose syrup? It would be nice wouldn’t it?

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  3. Great news: We like our fats real and honest, thanks. Butter! Bacon! Olive oil!

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