Trans Fats Get the Boot from the FDA


FDA Food Label with Grams of Trans Fat

When it comes to dieting, we all know there are good fats and bad fats. Good fats include omega-3 fatty acids (commonly found in fish), which help with heart health. There are also many types of bad fats, but the worst of the bunch are trans fats. Trans fats are those fats that do nothing for your body but clog your arteries and add inches to your waist. After years of studying the effect of trans fats, the FDA finally announced that they are now diligently working with manufacturers and food establishments to remove trans fats from food products as well as from use in restaurants.

Trans Fats In Our Diet

Trans fats are used in so many processed snacks and fast foods, including some ready-made icing, microwave popcorn, frozen pizzas, stick margarine, coffee creamer, packaged-pastries and more. Although trans fats help make those foods taste delicious,  the deliciousness can mimic the effect of addiction, ensuring you eat more and more, and all at the expense of your health and wellness.

The "Beginning of the End"

Back in 2006, the FDA began requiring companies to label foods that contain trans fats. This gave consumers the opportunity to use the inclusion of trans fat as part of their purchasing decisions. Then, in 2013, the FDA issued preliminary guidance, advising that trans fats could not be considered healthy. All of that finally led up to the FDA's decision in June 2015, requiring that companies remove all trans fats as processed food ingredients within the next three years.

Until the end of the compliance period, you can still make good decisions for your health by carefully looking at all ingredients included in your favorite "convenience meals." Then make your own judgment as to how those ingredients may be beneficial or detrimental to your diet. By 2018, the dangers posed by trans fats will be effectively removed from all of the foods they've plagued. Public health officials expect the elimination of trans fats to prevent 20,000 heart attacks and around 7,000 deaths from heart disease every year.

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