Soon: The End of Trans Fat in Food
The World Health Organization has issued a statement urging all countries to get rid of trans fat by banning it.
According to the organization’s data, a diet containing trans fat increases the risk of heart disease by 21% and the chance of death by 28%
According to the World Health Organization trans fats block arteries kill about half a million people a year, while they are not necessary in food. “Why does our children have such a food ingredient that is not safe in food?” Wonders the organization’s director, Dr. Tadros Adhanum Garbrisos.
Trans fats are mainly used for making cookies, crackers, popcorn for microwave preparation and for frying at fast food restaurants. Their production is done by processing liquid oils to solids or semi-solids, which makes them fresh over time. However, fat is found in several types of meat naturally, such as beef and lamb and dairy products. The organization agrees that there is no good way to remove them from these products, but they do not want to artificially add them to processed foods.
According to the organization, a diet containing trans fat increases the risk of heart disease by 21% and the chance of death by 28%. The organization encourages states to enact laws to replace these fats with vegetable oils, arguing that they actually reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes. To help with the legislation, the organization has built a six-point route to get rid of trance oil, all encouraging its replacement with healthier oils and legislation that will make it harder to use.
There are already those who started the process, even before the World Health Organization’s call: New York, for example, eliminated the ingredient that is almost entirely harmful to the food sold in it, following a similar move in Denmark. Since the change, about three years ago, there has been a 6% decrease in the number of heart attacks and strokes.
“Trans fat is an unnecessary chemical poison that kills and there is no reason people around the world should continue to be exposed to it.” Said Dr. Tom Friedman, former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “We need to work in low- and middle-wage countries where TBT limits are weaker to ensure that the benefits are felt equally across the world.