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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.

Source: USA Today

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RE: So...
By Reclaimer77 on 11/7/2013 7:09:34 PM , Rating: 1
How many people are dead because we had no idea what the impact of tras fats was.

This is the kind of hyperbole being spread around over this. People dying from Trans Fats alone? Not lack of exercise, not neglect, not being overweight. But Trans fats...

So after you ban Trans Fats and we still have the same problems, what then?

RE: So...
By mike66 on 11/7/2013 7:50:45 PM , Rating: 1
So after you ban Trans Fats and we still have the same problems, what then?

Then they will figure out that it is not the only culprit and ban refined cane sugar after that.

RE: So...
By Jeffk464 on 11/8/2013 10:48:00 AM , Rating: 2
Personally I think the problem is people don't work for a living anymore, they buy all factory food, and they sit on their ass eating potato chips between meals. Everything we've done to play into human laziness(convenience) has contributed to the physiological disaster that is the modern suburban lifestyle. Show me all the pictures of fat Vietnamese farmers that work the land by hand, and live off the food of the that land. :)

RE: So...
By Jeffk464 on 11/8/2013 11:05:46 AM , Rating: 2
Supposedly the life span of New Yorkers is about 10 years longer than people living in suburbia. The best theory for the discrepancy was that living in New York basically forces people to walk on average about 5 miles a day. How many times have you gone to the grocery store and seen people driving up and down the rows in the parking lot to try and get the closest parking spot?

RE: So...
By JediJeb on 11/8/2013 1:08:43 PM , Rating: 2
Better yet, watch people drive up and down looking for the closest parking spot to the front door the the gym :)

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