Trans Fats Now Deemed Unsafe

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

 

You can soon say goodbye to artificial trans fats in processed foods. The F-D-A on Monday issued a final ruling on partially hydrogenated oils, finding they are not “generally recognized as safe” for use in human food.  P-H-O’s are a primary source of artificial trans fats in processed foods. The substance is formed when hydrogen is added to liquid oils to make solid fats – like shortening and margarine.  It also increases the shelf life of food and enhances flavors.  Its use has been on the decline in the U-S in recent years.  The F-D-A says manufacturers have three years to remove P-H-Os from products.  Still, companies can petition the F-D-A for special permit to use the artificial trans fats.  Eating a diet rich in trans fats is linked to higher body weight, heart disease and memory loss.  The F-D-A says the decision is expected to “reduce coronary heart disease and prevent thousands of fatal heart attacks every year.”

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