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WHO Calls for Global Ban on Trans Fat

French fries are some of the products containing more trans-fat levels French fries
Samantha Long | 16 May, 2018, 00:00

Artificial trans fats are unhealthy substances that are created when hydrogen is added to vegetable oil to make it solid, like in the creation of margarine or shortening. The same year the FDA required manufacturers to list trans fat content information on food labels. For the record, Denmark had set an example for other nations by becoming the first to take an initiative of restricting the use of industrially manufactured trans-fats in food supply. "World Health Organization is also using this milestone to work with governments, the food industry, academia and civil society to make food systems healthier for future generations, including by eliminating industrially-produced trans fats". The WHO recommends that no more than 1 percent of a person's calories come from trans fats.

The agency made the announcement on Monday, May 14, as they launched an initiative called REPLACE that will be the goal for all countries looking to get rid of artificial trans fats from their food supply, as CNN reported.

Pixabay/davidzThe World Health Organization called for the elimination of artificial trans fats from all foods, and has outlined a step by step plan to achieve this goal by 2023, about five years from now. "But healthier alternatives can be used that would not affect taste or cost of food", The global health body said in the statement.

In 2015, the Food and Drug Administration said partially hydrogenated oil - the main source of industrially produced trans fats - was no longer "recognized as safe", as it contributes to plaque buildup in arteries. "But in the last three or four years, most big food companies have stopped using trans fats", she said.

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Action is needed in low- and middle-income countries, where controls of use of industrially produced trans fats are often weaker, to ensure that the benefits are felt equally around the world, Ghebreyesus said.

Nutritionist Sujatha Stephen said, "We used to have only saturated and unsaturated fats but nowadays because of the advent of the western foods the use of trans fats is increasing".

But studies gradually revealed that trans fats wreck cholesterol levels in the blood and drive up the risk of heart disease. "In South Asian countries, they have very, very high risk of heart disease and high intakes of trans fats", Dr. Francesco Branca, director of the Nutrition for Health Department at the WHO, emphasized in his statement.

There are also naturally occurring trans fats in some meats and dairy products. Partially hydrogenated oils were first introduced into the food supply in the early 20th century as a replacement for butter. Diets high in trans fats increase heart disease risk by 21% and deaths by 28%.

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