Many people have been mislead into believing the absence of the listing of trans fats on food labels is good enough to guarantee their safety from trans fats. However partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) are a primary dietary source of artificial trans fat in processed foods. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration reported on June 16, 2015, that steps are being taken to remove artificial trans fats in processed foods.
It is anticipated the removal of artificial trans fat in processed foods will decrease coronary heart disease and lead to the prevention of thousands of fatal heart attacks every year. After an in depth review of the scientific evidence the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has determined that partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) are not generally recognized as safe for use in food for people. Food manufacturers are being given three years to remove PHOs from their products.
FDA’s Acting Commissioner Stephen Ostroff, M.D. says this action by the FDA dealing with such a major source of artificial trans fat shows the agency’s commitment to the heart health of the American people. Susan Mayne, Ph.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, says studies have shown that diet and nutrition play a primary role in preventing chronic health problems, such as cardiovascular disease. This new action by the FDA is one of many FDA initiatives aimed at improving the health of Americans.
Fox News reports the FDA has told the food industry to phase artificial trans fats out of their products. The Obama administration has called trans fats a threat to public health and wants them out of all processed food in the next three years. This type of fat has no health benefits according to scientists and is used in processing food to improve texture, shelf life or flavor. This type of fat can increase levels of “bad” cholesterol and lower “good” cholesterol. This results in an increased risk of heart disease which is the leading cause of death across the United States. The move to enforce getting these artificial fats out of processed foods is a really good idea which certainly should benefit the health of the American people.