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FDA and Trans Fat

We all know and have heard that trans fat is bad. We are to avoid it as much as possible. That’s ok for food you make yourself but when you go out or bring home some items, are you really paying attention to the trans fat content? Trans fat is what you would see called partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs).

The FDA ruled just Tuesday, June 15, 2015, that it is not “generally recognized as safe” for use in our food. Manufacturers are given three years to remove this fat from their products. However, they can still petition for its use to the FDA. Trans fat is linked to body weight, heart disease, and memory loss. It raises the level of Low Density cholesterol (the bad one) which can lead to heart attacks.

In 2006, the FDA required manufacturers to label trans fat content on nutrition labels. The FDA estimates the drop in trans fat consumption to be about 78% from 2003 to 2012. You may still be getting trans fat and not know it. Labels are permitted to use “0” for the amount if it is 0.5 grams or less. Add that all up and you could still be getting a few grams per day.

Side Note: this took from 2013 until now for this regulation to be finalized.

Steve Victor

http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm451237.htm

Say Goodbye to Trans Fats

Hey Jody, as recently as today, the FDA has ruled that trans fats (partially hydrogenated oils) are no longer “generally recognized as safe.) Once this is finalized, then these will become food additives that cannot be used in food without their approval.

So what foods contain this unsafe ingredient? Things like frozen pizza, donuts, frozen desserts, margarine, coffee creamer, microwave popcorn, cake mixes, Bisquick, soups, fast food fries and chicken, cookies, chips, crackers, cereals, cookies, candy, dips, dressings, whipped toppings.

The downside – if you are eating these things, you will have to find alternatives. The upside – you will be healthier for it.

~ Steve Victor