The FDA is planning to announce today a ban on trans fats, commonly called partially hydrogenated oils, which are used in processed food and in restaurants, often to improve the texture, shelf life or flavor of foods.
Here’s a snippet from an Associated Press story:
WASHINGTON — Heart-clogging trans fats have been slowly disappearing from grocery aisles and restaurant menus in the past decade. Now, the Food and Drug Administration is finishing the job.
The FDA planned to announce Thursday it will require the food industry to gradually phase out all trans fats, saying they are a threat to people’s health. Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said the move could prevent 20,000 heart attacks and 7,000 deaths each year.
Hamburg said that while the amount of trans fats in the country’s diet has declined dramatically in the last decade, they “remain an area of significant public health concern.” The trans fats have long been criticized by nutritionists, and New York and other local governments have banned them.
Read the full story as it evolves today at this link.
What do you think of the FDA’s move? Have trans fats been a concern of yours in the past?