Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

World Health Organization Seeks Ban Of Unhealthy Trans Fats

World Health Organization Seeks Ban Of Unhealthy Trans Fats

One study published last year by The Journal of the American Medical Association found that people who lived in parts of New York State where trans fats had been banned for three or more years had significantly lower rates of heart attacks and strokes.

According to the USDA, a reduction in trans fat could prevent almost 30,000 premature deaths in the USA every year.

Introduced into the food supply in earlier 20th century, the partially hydrogenated oils were welcomed by food companies to produce fried foods and baked goods, among others, since this kind of oil was cheap, easy to use as well as had a long shelf-life.

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

The fats are generally considered by doctors to be bad for your heart, according to the Mayo Clinic.

In the U.S., New York City in 2006 banned restaurants from serving food with trans fats.

As per sources, numerous developed nations have already removed trans-fats from the food supply, imposing legal restrictions on packaged food.

Trans fats increase the levels of LDL-cholesterol, a well-accepted biomarker for cardiovascular disease risk, and decreases levels of HDL-cholesterol, which carry away cholesterol from arteries and transport it to the liver, that secretes it into the bile.

Several countries have already imposed limits on trans fats in packaged foods, with Denmark showing a decrease in cardiovascular deaths, the World Health Organization said. By the 1970s and 80s, a number of health researchers had started to realize these fats might be increasing disease risk - though research indicating this was often suppressed by the food industry, as Julia Belluz reported for Vox. The decision has helped NY minimize the proportion of heart attacks without impacting the taste or costs of food products. The U.S. now has a ban in place going into effect next month.

Dr M.S.S. Mukharjee, senior cardiologist, said, "Trans fats are produced when oil is repeatedly heated". But the hope is that the guidelines will encourage governments to enact these bans. This is because they're used in partially-hydrogenated oils, which were first used as a butter replacement and then later as a replacement for foods containing saturated fatty acids.

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

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