Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Trans Fat "Ban" Overdue

Removing partially hydrogenated oil from the food supply is a major win for America!  However, claiming that the ban is on "trans fats" is technically incorrect.  Small amounts of natural trans fats are found in dairy and these will not be banned.  The "ban" is on partially hydrogenated fats, which are lab produced fat chemical seriously contributing to heart disease risk.  The Federal Food and Drugs Act of 1906 determines a food is adulterated if it "contain any added poisonous or other added deleterious ingredient which may render such article injurious to health."  For decades, science has indicated that added trans fats are not safe, so now the FDA will finally STOP designating this man-made substance as a safe additive for the US food supply.  It's about time!

Harvard School of Public Health article explaining the history/health risks of artificial trans fats

And don't worry, the food manufacturers will reformulate refrigerator cookie dough and microwave popcorn with another unhealthy solid fat, so junk food will remain readily available...