World Health Organization aims to wipe out trans fats worldwide

World Health Organization aims to wipe out trans fats worldwide

WHO said eliminating the fat is key to protecting health and saving lives.

Trans fat, AKA "partially hydrogenated oil", was once seen as something of a savior in food, especially in the US.

It's this manufactured type that's now under fire-found in things like margarines as well as packaged snacks, deep fried foods and baked goods such as biscuits, cakes and pastries thanks to its ability to extend shelf life.

LDL is described as the bad cholesterol because it contributes to fatty buildups in arteries.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has released a recommendation that countries should completely remove trans fats from their food supply, and has offered guidelines to help countries implement the recommendation within the next five years. Food companies know these fats are "easily replaceable", he argues in an interview today with CNN: "Only your heart will know the difference - and that's why the call of the initiative to become trans fat-free by 2023 is so very important".

The REPLACE plan urges governments to assess and monitor trans fats consumption, promote substitution with healthier products, and establish laws or regulations to stamp out trans fats, and raise awareness of the risks of their use.

The agency also called on the government to put in place legislation or enact regulatory actions to eliminate industrially-produced trans-fats.

"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." said Ghebreyesus.

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Heart and circulatory disease kills 160,000 people in the United Kingdom each year - with an estimated 2,000 to 3,000 people dying as a result of chronic conditions caused by consuming trans fat, said Prof Capewell. Food makers used them to make longer-lasting cooking oils, stabilize margarine and help packaged cookies retain their taste.

But replacing saturated fats with partially hydrogenated oils was a bad idea. Also, all food products that are sold in the United States are not allowed to have industrially produced trans fats.

"WHO calls on governments to use the REPLACE action package to eliminate industrially-produced trans-fatty acids from the food supply", said WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in a public statement.

"Trans fats appear in highly processed foods". Also, remember that trace amounts of trans fats are naturally occurring in meat and dairy products.

"The removal of trans fats from the food supply as an additive counts as one of the major public health victories of the last decade", said Laura MacCleery, policy director for the Washington, D.C. -based advocacy group, Center for Science in the Public Interest.

In 2015, the FDA took steps to finish the job of eliminating trans fats, calling for manufacturers to stop selling trans fatty foods by June 18, 2018 - a deadline that arrives next month.

According to WHO, 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.

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