A Federal Trans Fat Admonition

The Food and Drug Administration made a dramatic step toward cleaning up the food supply by proposing a measure to eliminate artificial trans fats and declaring they are no longer “generally recognized as safe.”

A major source of trans fats—partially hydrogenated oils—are used for frying and baking, and appear in all types of processed food sources including frozen pizza, margarine and coffee creamer.

Often food manufacturers use artificial trans fats in food products because it is inexpensive and increases the food’s shelf life, stability and texture.

Avoiding foods containing artificially produced trans fats could prevent 10,000 to 20,000 heart attacks and 3,000 to 7,000 coronary heart disease deaths each year, according to one study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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