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 3:59:58 PM
My Biochemistry teacher in college got off on a similar topic back then. It was when saturated fat was the big buzz word and everyone was pushing the use of polyunsaturated fats as being healthy because they didn't cause heart disease. As he said, do you want to die from heart disease or cancer, because by their very nature unsaturated fats are potentially carcinogenic, yet nobody was worried about that, only that they could prevent heart disease by switching to them.
Too often one or two very vocal people end up setting policy even when their assumptions are wrong.
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