Hold the Trans Fats

Hold the Trans Fats

The use of trans fats are popular in the American diet. Foods like microwaved popcorn, cake frosting, and pie crusts are all foods that contain artery clogging trans fats. This past week the Obama administration declared that trans fats are no longer allowed in processed foods. The Food and Drug Administration is on its way to phasing out the artificial trans fats as they are undoubtedly a threat to public health. Dr. Jennifer Walden posted on a medical blog about trans fat say that they are fats that exist when a hydrogen substance is combined with standard vegetable oil. This moved to diminish trans fats in the American diet didn’t take place just this year.

The FDA has been working since 2003 to eliminate as much trans fats as possible. About 78% of people ate less trans fat in food between the years of 2003 and 2012. While this is a huge step forward for American nutrition this still doesn’t completely eliminate the threat of trans fats. Companies are allowed to use a trivial amount of fat when making food but this recent change has made that unacceptable. Even if some foods have a small amount those numbers can increase over time heightening the risk for heart disease and coronary failure. Food companies and manufacturers will have until June of 2018 to get rid of trans fat. Many people behind the FDA have noted that this move is probably the most important move that the Food and Drug Administration has ever done for food safety.

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