Monday, 28 May, 2018

World Health Organization calls for trans fats to be eliminated within five years

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Marlene Weaver | 16 May, 2018, 11:14

The use of trans fats leads to about 500,000 cardiovascular disease deaths each year, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The country has witnessed improvement in the citizens' health and a reduction in deaths by way of cardiovascular disease.

Food makers liked artificial trans fats because they prolong product shelf life and enhance flavor.

Dr. Tom Frieden, CEO of Resolve to Save Lives, has declared that NY has become the first state in the US that has followed the footsteps of Denmark by eliminating trans-fats a decade ago.

Willett, who was an early voice in the fight against trans fats, further explains that the low cost of a full transition to much healthier fats when taken into account the vast payoff of the move should make the idea a no-brainer. He also appended that there are also some Latin American countries where trans fat amount is high but they are already putting a lid on it.

In 2015, the Food and Drug Administration said partially hydrogenated oil - the main source of industrially produced trans fats - was no longer "recognized as safe", as it contributes to plaque buildup in arteries. Partially hydrogenated oils were first introduced into the food supply in the early 20th century as a replacement for butter. In addition to increasing the risk of heart disease, they can raise the levels of bad cholesterol in the body while lowering the levels of good cholesterol.

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WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said: "Implementing the six strategic actions in the REPLACE package will help achieve the elimination of trans-fat, and represent a major victory in the global fight against cardiovascular disease".

Food companies will need to be given time to transition to the healthier alternative, Frieden said, recalling his experience as former New York City Health Commissioner, when restaurants took up to six months to transition. But it worked, according to a study published previous year in the Journal of the American Medical Association Cardiology, reducing heart attack and stroke rates in the city. Denmark was the first country to mandate restrictions on industrially-produced trans-fats in 2004. But the hope is that the guidelines will encourage governments to enact these bans.

According to the World Health Organization experts, there are two main sources for trans fats: natural sources (in dairy products and meat of ruminants such as cows and sheep) and industrially-produced sources (partially hydrogenated oils).

It's possible that within five years, a risky substance that increases death rates won't be in use anymore.

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