FDA Rules Against Trans fats

The FDA has moved to eliminate trans fats within 3 years. The FDA ruled that trans fats are not “generally recognized as safe” for use in human food. Trans fat are linked to higher body weight, heart disease, higher cholesterol and memory loss.

“Eating a diet rich in trans fat is linked to higher body weight, heart disease and memory loss. It has been shown to raise the “bad,” or LDL, cholesterol in the blood, which can lead to cardiovascular disease — the leading cause of death in the United States.

“The FDA’s action on this major source of artificial trans fat demonstrates the agency’s commitment to the heart health of all Americans,” said Dr. Stephen Ostroff, the agency’s acting commissioner, in a news release. “This action is expected to reduce coronary heart disease and prevent thousands of fatal heart attacks every year.”

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