FDA Looks to Eliminate Trans Fat Entirely
November 7, 2013 1:54 PM
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The process of actually removing trans fat from all food could take awhile, even years
Trans fat may get the boot out of every
food in the U.S.
if the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has its way.
The FDA is starting a 60-day public comment period today regarding the elimination of trans fat from its list of ingredients deemed safe for consumption.
"[The FDA] is responding to the fact that the science really demonstrates that trans fat provides no known health benefit and that there really is no safe level of consumption of trans fat," said FDA commissioner Margaret Hamburg. "Consumption should be as low as possible while consuming a nutritionally adequate diet."
The process of actually removing trans
fat from all food
could take awhile, even years. Food manufacturers will need time to find safe substitutes and change up their ingredients.
Food manufacturers typically use trans fat to increase product shelf life and maintain flavors, and it's commonly used in items like baked goods, canned frosting, stick margarine and coffee creamers.
What exactly is trans fat? It's partially hydrogenated oil that is made by bubbling hydrogen through hot vegetable oil. This transforms the liquid oil into a fat that is solid at room temperature.
Many studies show that trans fat increasing LDL cholesterol (the bad kind) and decreases HDL (the good kind). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention added that 5,000 Americans die of heart disease annually and another 15,000 will get heart disease because of artificial trans fat in food.
"This is the first step in removing artificial trans fats from processed foods," said Hamburg.
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11/7/2013 3:11:20 PM
TFAs have been a known problem for a while now, and many companies have already been moving away from them for some time. It may not be as big of a health risk as they are stating it to be, but TFAs pose a very real potential threat while no longer being necessary, so it should be phased out either way.
11/7/2013 3:24:18 PM
"We have lost perspective on the important threats to our health: smoking, obesity, excessive alcohol use and more. And if we ban trans fats, we move one step closer to endorsing the principle that government should determine what we eat and how we should live — even when the data and expected benefits are skimpy."
11/11/2013 2:26:33 AM
how ironic that your quoted article mentions smoking. Not that long ago tobacco companies were swearing that smoking is not harmful, and i bet there was reclaimer-like figure shouting "only communists want to regulate business"
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