News Roundup: Phasing Out Trans Fats


Back in 2013, the Food and Drug Administration proposed to phase out trans fats from the American food supply.  According to the FDA, Americans still eat about a gram of trans fat every day, and phasing it out could prevent 20,000 heart attacks and 7,000 deaths each year. The agency says it will make a final decision by next week (June 15).


This week’s News Roundup brings you a collection of articles and blog posts related to phasing out trans fats from the American food supply.


5 Things About Trans Fats and the FDA’s Proposed Phase Out.  Yahoo! HEALTH. Scientists say there are no health benefits to trans fats, which are used in processing food and in restaurants, usually to improve texture, shelf life or flavor. Trans fats can raise levels of “bad” cholesterol and lower “good” cholesterol, increasing the risk of heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States. Trans fats are widely considered the worst kind for your heart, even worse than saturated fats, which also can contribute to heart disease.”


Adios, Trans Fats: FDA Poised To Phase Out Artery-Clogging FatNPR.   “The FDA allows companies to list 0 grams on the label even if the food contains up to half a gram of trans fats. In other words, If a packaged food has less than .5 grams per serving, it can be labeled as trans-fat free. So, if you want to avoid these trace levels, you've got to scan the ingredient list. If you see partially hydrogenated oils listed, you know there's a small amount of trans fats in the food.”


Five Things to Know About the Feds’ Proposed Trans Fats Phaseout.  The Blaze. “Think baked goods, microwave popcorn and fried foods. Over the years, trans fats have been most plentiful in foods like frostings, which need solid fat for texture, or in those that need a longer shelf life or flavor enhancement. Popular foods that have historically contained trans fats are pie crusts, biscuits, microwave popcorn, coffee creamers, frozen pizza, refrigerated dough, vegetable shortenings and stick margarines.”


Trans fats to be phased out, FDA says.  The Washington Post. ““While consumption of potentially harmful trans fat has declined over the last two decades in the United States, current intake remains a significant public health concern,” said FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg.”


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