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 10:22:27 PM
Food products don't have to list trans fat if it contains less than 0.5g/serving. That's still a huge amount of trans fat when you consider there are 8 servings in a carton of Goldfish crackers and its pretty easy to eat 1/3 of a carton in a single bowl of soup. That'd be nearly 2 grams of trans fat, more than you used to get in a large French fry from McDonald's before they started reducing the amount they used.
New York city banned trans fat years ago and the substitutes are healthier oils such as coconut, peanut or even grape seed for uncooked goods.
This is an example of good government regulation in the same way blocking the ATT/ T-Mobile merger was.
The government isn't completely corrupt and evil, just inefficient and expensive.
11/8/2013 1:59:54 AM
That was done on purpose so companies could hide the trans fat they still wanted to use.
A fun one is the way packaging labels will read: "canola oil and/or partially hydrogenated soybean oil"
The product should list how much total trans fat is in the package, along with how much sodium. And, companies need to start using iodized salt again.
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