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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: Horrible news!
By Reclaimer77 on 11/7/2013 7:28:52 PM , Rating: 3
It doesn't seem to make much difference for most things like fried chicken and french fries.

Well thank god the Government is going to make those pillars of nutrition more "healthy" lol.

RE: Horrible news!
By Jeffk464 on 11/8/2013 10:35:12 AM , Rating: 3
I personally don't lean meats fried in a healthy vegetable oil are bad for health. I would put fried chicken strips(boneless skinless chicken breasts) up against a juicy steak or hamburger any day. French fries are pretty hard to justify though.

RE: Horrible news!
By Jeffk464 on 11/8/2013 10:35:35 AM , Rating: 2
eh, dont think

RE: Horrible news!
By Reclaimer77 on 11/8/2013 11:16:09 AM , Rating: 2
If you support this ban but think its healthy to eat fried foods, well you're sorta kinda maybe part of the problem.

I've never heard of fried chicken being more healthy than a grilled steak.

RE: Horrible news!
By Omega215D on 11/8/2013 12:18:08 PM , Rating: 2
According to vegans and PETA we shouldn't be eating that stuff anyway. Slowly these people are making their way into our governments as well.

RE: Horrible news!
By Jeffk464 on 11/8/2013 3:20:12 PM , Rating: 2
I'm not overweight and last time I went into the doctor my cholesterol level was great.

RE: Horrible news!
By Jeffk464 on 11/8/2013 3:22:44 PM , Rating: 2
I don't eat much sugar and pretty much stay away from junk food though. The oil I get from popeyes chicken tenders isn't a bid deal in my book, the biscuit is still high trans fat though.

RE: Horrible news!
By Reclaimer77 on 11/8/2013 4:48:37 PM , Rating: 1
Okay are trolling me now? Please tell me you aren't being serious.

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