In a dramatic move that has only been reserved for saving the public from communicable diseases in the past, the World Health Organization has called for a world-wide ban on trans fats in the next five years.
Canada will outlaw trans fat additives in food by September and many health officials believe this will cut down heart attacks by 12,000 each year. They are not perishable as other fats but they possess some detrimental health effects like inducing rise in the levels of "bad" LDL cholesterol and intensifying possibility of heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes.
"We typically find those in things like kinds of margarine or cooking fats and shortening because they are made by partially hydrogenated vegetables are very high in trans fats and we would typically use those because they are more economical in terms of our baking".
"We are asking food manufacturers in our industry to act quickly and we are ready to support effective measures to achieve the elimination of industrially produced trans fatty acids and ensure the equality of all in this area", he said. says Rocco Rinaldi, Secretary General of the International Food and Beverage Alliance.
Trans fats produced by industrial means were first introduced into the United States food supply in the 1950's and has resulted in an epidemic of heart disease. This involves abolishing of synthetic trans fat from universal food supply and has figured a step wise scheme on how to achieve this by 2023.
'The world is now setting its sights on today's leading killers - particularly heart disease, which kills more people than any other cause in nearly every country, ' said Dr Frieden, president of a New-York-based project called Resolve to Save Lives.
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Assess: assess and monitor the trans fatty acid content in the diet and the evolution of trans fatty acid consumption in the population.
It further wants compliance with policies and regulations enforced. Manufacturers often use them as they have a longer shelf life than other fats.
He's right. Various studies have shown that both the bans in NY and Denmark noticeably reduced the rate of death from heart disease in just three years.
Nutritionist Sujatha Stephen said, "We used to have only saturated and unsaturated fats but nowadays because of the advent of the western foods the use of trans fats is increasing".
A study performed in New York City in 2016, showed that a ban on trans fats there affected a 5% reduction in deaths for cardiovascular reasons and provided savings of $3.9 million for every 100,000 citizens of the city.