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FDA Finally Moves to Ban Heart-Clogging Trans Fats

Christina Sarich
November 15th, 2013
Updated 05/07/2014 at 1:43 pm
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( You probably heard. The FDA recently announced that it will require companies to gradually phase out heart-clogging trans fats, also called hydrogenated oils, found in various junk food products. The Commissioner of the FDA noted that Americans have voluntarily reduced their consumption of this type of fat, likely through self-education, but the level of Trans Fats in our diets at large were still too high, and considered a public health risk.

To keep it simple, trans fats are mostly fats that don’t occur naturally. Though some trans fats can be found in animals, most trans fats are made during food processing through partial hydrogenation of unsaturated fats. These manmade fats are responsible for billions of dollars in heart disease treatments, obesity, and other diseases in our nation ever year. Getting rid of these fats could lead to a whopping 20,000 fewer heart attacks annually.

Trans fats show up in donuts, microwave popcorn, margarine, cookies such as Oreos, fast food French fries, ‘healthy’ packaged foods in the grocery store, and numerous other foods that we eat. The FDA looks to be starting a crack down on trans fats, though, by all but banning them, in recent news.

“While consumption of potentially harmful artificial trans fat has declined over the last two decades in the United States, current intake remains a significant public health concern,” said FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg.

“We want to do it in a way that doesn’t unduly disrupt markets,” said Michael Taylor, FDA’s deputy commissioner for foods (and supporter of Monsanto). Still, he says, the food “industry has demonstrated that it is, by and large, feasible to do.”

To phase them out, the FDA said it had made a preliminary determination that trans fats no longer fall in the agency’s “generally recognized as safe” category. Now, any company wanting to use trans fats would have to petition the FDA, and would more than likely lose.

There is no concrete deadline for companies just yet. The FDA is still collecting ‘comments’ to discern how quickly to phase Trans Fats out of our food supply.

In the meantime, you can avoid junk food and dine on health-boosting fats found in nuts, seeds, and other foods like avocados. Eat fats that occur naturally in fruits and vegetables: like coconut oil, avocado oil, safflower oil, peanut oil, sunflower oil, non-contaminated fish oils (make sure they are mercury and cesium free), olive oil, hemp oil, and more. Many of these oils or healthy fats are credited with boosting brain power, lowering heart disease, and keeping us from aging too quickly.

Though the move is one toward better health, the question many are asking is if a government ban is really the right way to have people stop consuming this harmful substance.

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  • RealityCheck

    Par for the course with you types. Half the time, it’s “THE FDA IS FINALLY BANNING SOMETHING! YAY GOVERNMENT!” The other half is “WHY DID THE FDA BAN THIS FATAL TOXIC CHEMICAL?! MUH FREEDOMS!”

    oh jeez…

  • iliad007

    The most important thing the illuminati FDA can eliminate is GMOs

  • Jennifer Neilson

    am I the only one asking… what is monsatan, aka Michael taylors motive for this? it is not because he wants 20,000 fewer deaths a year or that he cares about us so much, or even that he thinks transfats are bad. there is a motive in this and someone ought to be on that. the man does nothing for our benefit.

    • RealityCheck

      Has it ever occurred to you that maybe, just maybe, the agency is staffed by actual humans who actually care about your health? People who have dedicated their lives to a real education in medical and health science and sacrificed so much because this is the closest they’ll ever come to being a real superhero? They can actually apply REAL scientific knowledge to save lives. Maybe? Hmm?

      • Jennifer Neilson


  • ant

    40 years late, is about the normal speed for the FDA, if they went any faster they would look alive and then you would be able to detect some kind of movement.

  • BOKinLarksville

    Maybe in another 40 years they will ban GMO’s.. Too bad.. By then, all the damage will have already been done

    • RealityCheck

      Your comment is based on what evidence?

  • Cindy Koch

    GMOs fall in the agency’s “generally recognized as safe” category?! I don’t know how they could since no studies have been done on humans. It’s time the FDA starts to ban GMOs and all the pesticides used on our food like other countries have. ASAP!