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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 augiem on 11/7/2013 10:06:53 PM , Rating: 2
Not picking on you, but I've seen this WAY too many times. Either you're for a small limited Government, or you're not.

I said smaller, not zero. And I gave great justification for you. You are wayyyy too idealistic. It's not based in reality. Someday you'll understand I hope.

RE: So...
By Reclaimer77 on 11/8/2013 10:39:01 AM , Rating: 2
This is not some epidemic or toxic chemical being pumped into our water. Or a drug that causes birth defects.

There isn't even direct causation here, just correlation.

I totally support action when warranted. I just don't see that it is here.

Banning tobacco products and alcohol would save way more lives and improve the health of millions. But those are taxable cash cows for the Gov.

RE: So...
By sorry dog on 11/10/2013 8:49:57 PM , Rating: 2
Maybe we should reform corporate shield laws such that if the corporation is criminally negligent, then the managers and their bosses shall serve the jail time for the corporate "person."

I bet Koch brothers and ADM executives will start acting waaayy differently if that were to happen....and those 8 figure salaries might be justified.

...of course we'll be getting our food from replicators before that happens....

"People Don't Respect Confidentiality in This Industry" -- Sony Computer Entertainment of America President and CEO Jack Tretton

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