Trans Fat Needs To Go Completely

Posted: Nov 10 2013, 3:02am CST | by , in Technology News


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Trans Fat Needs To Go Completely
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The FDA undertakes another effort to make all processed food Trans Fat free. This could save the lives of 7,000 Americans per year. Nobody is really against that move as most processed food has already changed years ago to be trans fat free.

The FDA has issued a Federal Register notice with its preliminary determination that partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) are no longer "generally recognized as safe." The FDA already declared war on trans fat back in 1999. Food companies started to reduce Trans fat or even got rid of it completely in their products. Since 2006 it is required ot label Trans fat content.

Now the FDA wants to push to completely get rid of Trans fat (there is also natural Trans Fat, so it never will be gone completely). They say that this could save 7,000 lives per year and prevent 20,000 heart attacks each year.

Trans Fat can be found still today in stuff like crackers, cookies, snack foods, microwave popcorn, frozen pizza, and more. PHOs are created by adding hydrogen to vegetable oil and have been widely used as ingredients since the 1950s to increase the shelf-life and flavor stability of foods.

Find more details on the FDA site.

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