Trimming Fat from American Consumption

Trans fat

Great news for nutrition lovers! On November 7th, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it is starting the process of eliminating artificial trans-fats from the U.S. food supply. The FDA felt a need to take artificial trans-fats out of American consumers’ food because numerous studies have linked that the additives, which were introduced in the 1950’s, clog your arteries. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that trans-fats contributed to 20,000 heart attacks and 7,000 heart-disease-related deaths each year! Due to these findings, the FDA deemed trans-fats to be no longer “generally recognized as safe.”

Though this is a start, we will not see any significant change for the next couple of years. Mandating trans-fat disclosure on food nutrition labels, alone, took seven years. Eliminating artificial trans-fats would require so many businesses to overhaul their food production and perhaps pay for pricier substitutes. Dr. David Katz, director of the Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center, says “Everyone agrees trans-fat is bad. This is one of the least contentious issues in nutrition.”

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