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 8:24:27 PM
Biological processes create and modify fats in particular ways.
Chemical processes (even cooking) are not nearly so discriminate, and produce ISOMERS that are not found in nature (like trans-fats) and damaged fats. These fats are functionally different than their non-damaged & natural counterparts, and can cause all sorts of problems.
Much of the advertisements regarding heart disease show linkages that are NOT CAUSAL. Just like we shouldn't say that hospitals cause mortality simply because they are associated with the sick and dying... Unfortunately, saturated fats and cholesterol have gotten a bad rap just because they are associated with heart disease and not because they cause heart disease.
...For instance High/Low-Density-Lipo-Proteins (aka HDL/LDL--which is a protein not a cholesterol) transfers cholesterol to and from the liver. If we consume high levels of damaged cholesterol... then we will have increased levels of damaged cholesterol absorbed into our bodies NECESSITATING the increase of HDL/LDL so that the damaged cholesterols and debris can be processed by the liver and replaced with healthy un-damaged cholesterol. (Looking at the situation this way, we can understand that HDL/LDL are really akin to a cellular ambulance service) So, the LAST thing you want to do in such a circumstances is to take cholesterol lowering drugs!
Our Health Care System (so called) is full of such issues. If you want to get your feet wet, and gain establish a healthy foundation, I suggest starting with these two related reads:
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