FDA Makes a Move in Food Health

If you like statistics and food loaded with trans fats, this article will probably be disturbing. On the other hand, what the FDA finally had the guts to do when it concerns trans fat in food, may, in the end, save your life. Of course, those eaters who simply can’t live without a “trans fat” fix, will probably still be able locate a food in your city that will ignore the FDA rule.

What Are Trans Fats Anyway?

Well, to start with it’s artificial that should tell you something. And just a dab of common sense should, along with the FDA, tell you that it’s not “generally recognized as safe” to be used in food people eat. That said, the Food and Drug Administration gave all food manufacturer three years to remove the partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) from the products they sell to the public – that’s you and me. However, knowing how our government works, these companies can make plea to the FDA for a “special permit” to use this stuff called trans fat, but you can’t use it unless FDA approved.

What Your Body Is Telling You About Trans Fat!

Before anybody in this country wised up about how bad this trans fat stuff really is, here’s a clue that should open your eyes:
* Eating a diet that is rich in trans fat has been liked to higher body weight, memory loss, raising your bad or LDL, cholesterol in the blood, which in turn can lead to damaging your heart – think: cardiovascular disease which actually is the leading cause of death in the United States.

It took a while for the FDA to determine that trans fats are no longer a good thing to inject into your body. Former FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg helped to push the legislation. And since 2006, manufacturers had to note the trans fat content on all their food products. So in the final analysis dietary guidelines in this country suggest that if you still need that “fix” there will always be a food product or restaurant that still uses trans fat, but you should consume as little as possible. However, back in the 1950s and 1960s the FDA mistakenly told everyone in America that butter and egg were bad for you, and pushed people to use margarine. What the FDA failed to mention was that margarine is basically trans fat. Yep, trans fat is persona non grata and its way past time.