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.

More news: Dharmendra Pradhan: UAE First To Invest In India's First Crude Oil Cargo
More news: 82 women walk the red carpet in Cannes film fest protest
More news: Lokosa, Nwankwo make Rohr's 30-man provisional W'Cup squad

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.

Related Articles

  • South Koreans Are Still Buzzing Over Last Month's Inter-Korean Summit

    South Koreans Are Still Buzzing Over Last Month's Inter-Korean Summit

    Therefore, she said, any change in the size of the USA forces in the South Korea should not be on the table at the summit. At best, a Trump-Kim summit will produce more vague formulations of what might be possible through further talks.
    Warriors Cover Steve Kerr's Bet in Game 1 Victory

    Warriors Cover Steve Kerr's Bet in Game 1 Victory

    It was an exciting, entertaining first half that featured both teams going back and forth before entering the break tied at 56-56. By the 5:24 mark, Golden State had established their largest lead of the game at eight, which was built up to as many as 13.
    Four More Murder Counts Filed Against Suspected Golden State Killer Joseph DeAngelo

    Four More Murder Counts Filed Against Suspected Golden State Killer Joseph DeAngelo

    With the filing of the charges, DeAngelo is now charged with all 12 of the killings attributed to the Golden State Killer. DeAngelo, who has adult children, was a police officer in Exeter in central California from 1973 to 1976, officials said.
  • Tornado warning issued for Ashburn, Sterling, Reston as severe storms approach region

    Tornado warning issued for Ashburn, Sterling, Reston as severe storms approach region

    More than 30,000 Dominion Energy customers were without power in Northern Virginia, from Spotsylvania to Fairfax and Loudoun. The front moving through tomorrow that will fire up these storms will also have much drier and cooler air behind it.
    In Catalonia elected successor Pokdemon

    In Catalonia elected successor Pokdemon

    In that election, on December 21, the region's pro-independence bloc won an absolute majority in the parliament. Four representatives of the pro-independence Popular Unity Candidacy abstained.
    Missouri softball makes NCAA Tournament

    Missouri softball makes NCAA Tournament

    Following Saturday's championship win, head coach Dot Richardson spoke on the opportunity for the team to continue its season. The Titans received one of the two Pool B bids as the WIAC does not have an automatic qualifier this season.
  • Hamilton takes pole for Spanish GP with track record

    Hamilton takes pole for Spanish GP with track record

    Sebastian Vettel is concerned but not panicked after falling even further behind in the world championship battle in Spain. Daniel Ricciardo was fifth, ahead of Kevin Magnussen , Carlos Sainz , Fernando Alonso , Sergio Perez and Charles Leclerc .
    Deadpool was great. Deadpool 2 is better still

    Deadpool was great. Deadpool 2 is better still

    Going rogue on the X-Men lands Deadpool in a prison for mutants with Russell and that's when the movie really takes off. Before he left, the actor thanked the crowd and the show for having him, saying: 'This was such a thrill.
    Murphy reveals why Dyche should replace Chelsea boss Conte

    Murphy reveals why Dyche should replace Chelsea boss Conte

    Bakayoko, who has endured a hard introduction to English football, told Sky Sports on the rumours surrounding his manager: "I don't really pay attention to that.
  • Former Man. City coach Mancini takes over as Italy Manager

    Former Man. City coach Mancini takes over as Italy Manager

    He never became a regular with Italy during his 10-year worldwide career, during which he won 36 caps and scored four goals. Roberto Mancini has been named the new manager of Italy a day after he left his post at Russian club Zenit St Petersburg .
    Al-Sadr's Sairoon bloc sweeps Iraq polls

    Al-Sadr's Sairoon bloc sweeps Iraq polls

    The sources added that Suri was "in charge of recruiting attackers and dispatching them to Iraq to carry out bomb attacks there". It is also possible for al-Sadr and al-Abadi to join forces which could result in al-Abadi being named prime minister again.
    Clarksville's Maddie Poppe makes it to 'American Idol' finals

    Clarksville's Maddie Poppe makes it to 'American Idol' finals

    During American Idol's Mother's Day episode on Sunday , the Top 3 were selected and voted into the final round of competition. You can stream Episode 17: Top 5 anytime on ABC.com or the ABC app , but here are some highlights you won't want to miss.