Trans fats are something we’ve heard about for years and it’s been surrounded by much controversy. The good news is; the government is stepping in to relieve the public of the harmful effects of trans fats in the food. According to a story covered by NBC news the goal is to remove nearly all trans fats out of the public food arena and, reduce coronary heart disease. This means less fatal heart attacks every year. This is big news for the US. The US is one of the largest consumers of trans fats in the world and, most people are unaware of how much they consume per year.
What are trans fats?
For those who are a bit confused about what trans fats are we’ll give you the explanation used in the NBC story. Trans fats are turned into solids from liquid oils when they are hydrogenated. The issue is, people mistake this as a healthy substitute for butter or lard when in fact it’s just as harmful if not worse. So, the positive point is, we now know better and someone is out there working for the public in this arena.
According to the FDA’s Dr. Susan Mayne, ”what is good for extending shelf-life is not what’s good for extending human life.” That is a great way of putting it, right to the point and, very true.
So what’s the change?
There will be a lot more changes on the horizon but, one of the most important changes is, the food producers will have to ask the FDA for permission to use trans fats. Margaret Hamburg, former FDA Commissioner played an integral role in the initiative.
Who’s responsible for starting this long awaited action?
The non-profit Center for Science in the Public Interest is the organization that sued and forced the FDA to move on this issue. This is a victory for the public who are consuming foods each day especially is the underprivileged sector. Cheaper foods are typically riddled with trans fats because they keep food longer.