Ban of Trans Fat, Now What’s Next?

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By Arianne Bautista

Artificial trans fat has been adding flavour and extending the shelf life of various processed foods since the 1950s.

The recent study from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has shown that it is not safe for human consumption. With the ban of trans fat, the FDA concludes that 20,000 heart attacks and 7,000 deaths from heart disease can now be prevented.

Dr. Michael Roizen, a physician at the Cleveland Clinic, told CBS News that the ban of trans fat is a “recognition of the fact that these [trans fats]are dangerous to your and my health.”

The FDA required all US companies to label their products with their trans fat content in 2006. When these companies removed said content, it was estimated that trans fat consumption decreased by 78 percent. Though there were still a few products containing trans fat.

“They remain in a lot of fried foods, packaged crackers and packaged breads. One of the real reasons they were put in there is they let things live forever,” Roizen said.

The ban of trans fat is expected to be fully effective by 2018.

Roizen added: “That’s already in existence in Canada. I don’t know why it’s going to take three years in the United States, to bring what the food companies have already done in Canada to the United States.”

Erik Olson of the National Resources Defense Council suggests that there may be other added chemicals in food products that cause health problems aside from trans fats.

“There are a lot of chemicals in our food supply that people have no idea are in there. There are some of these artificial flavoring chemicals and artificial coloring chemicals. Some of them pose a cancer risk, others pose risk to developing children.” Olson said.

Since products with less than half a gram per serving can still be labeled as trans fat free, it is hard to make sure if they do not really contain any trans fat.

But that will be forbidden in three years. Right now, the FDA recommends citizens to always check the nutrition label.

Source: After trans fat ban, what else should be removed from food? – CBS News

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