WHO (World Health Organization) Called On Governments To Eliminate Industrial Trans Fats

16 May, 2018, 14:14 | Author: Brooke Harris
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The World Health Organization says artificial trans fats should be cut from all foods by 2023. Research says that the unsaturated fatty acids cause weight gain and abdominal fat deposits.

"Why should our children have such an unsafe ingredient in their foods?" asked WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. They were very common in margarine, shortening, cookies, cakes, crackers, pizza dough and microwave popcorn. A 2017 directive from the FSSAI had ordered all food safety commissioners in states to ensure that interesterified vegetable oils, fats, hydrogenated vegetable oils, fat spreads do contain no more than five percent trans fats. Some of the most basic and most consumed foods that we generally eat nearly on a daily basis may include- cakes, pies, cookies, biscuits, margarine, cream-filled sweets, fried fast foods, doughnuts, et al. Consuming even a small amount increases LDL - that's the bad kind of cholesterol - in your body while reducing the good one (HDL).

The harmful effects of trans fats are getting to be too much for WHO and they've set up an ambitious goal: a trans fat-less world. She writes the Daily Dose for HealthCentral and is the editorial director at HealthCommunities. Studies show that trans fatty acids can cross the placenta and affect the foetus' health.

According to W.H.O, all global food will be free from trans fats by 2023, to save more lives.

American consumers are more accustomed to the name partially hydrogenated vegetable oil.

Food makers liked artificial trans fats because they prolonged product shelf life. Thailand is also preparing to ban them in the following weeks.

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Citing a link to cardiovascular disease, the World Health Organization estimates that trans fat intake causes more than 500,000 deaths a year. "Trans fat is an unnecessary toxic chemical that kills, and there's no reason people around the world should continue to be exposed".

Where trans fats have been banned, heart attacks and deaths from heart disease have dropped greatly. While some governments have imposed limits on the amount of trans fat that can be contained in packaged food, others have implemented nationwide bans on partially hydrogenated oils, the main source of industrially produced trans fats.

Several countries (e.g., Denmark, Switzerland, and Canada) and jurisdictions (California, New York City, Baltimore, and Montgomery County, MD) have reduced or restricted the use of trans fats in food service establishments.

The debate confused the USA public, and many people still believe that butter is better for heart health than margarine.

In 1912, Paul Sabatier a French chemist won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for discovering the hydrogenation method, which helped in creating hydrogenated oils or trans fats as we know today.

Use soft margarine as a substitute for butter, and choose soft margarines (liquid or tub varieties) over harder stick forms.

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