World Health Organization launches plans to eliminate trans fats from global food supply

17 May, 2018, 09:12 | Author: Israel Montgomery
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Recently WHO floated a scheme called REPLACE that will offer instruction for all countries on how to eliminate artificial trans fats from their foods, probably causing global suppression.

Trans fats are popular with manufacturers of fried, baked and snack foods because they have a long shelf life, but they are bad for consumers, increasing heart disease risk by 21 percent and deaths by 28 percent, a World Health Organization statement said.

Other research published by Canadian researchers in the British Medical Journal in 2015 found that eating artificial trans increase heart disease risk by 21 percent and deaths by 28 percent.

Trans fatty acids are an unhealthy substance that forms when hydrogen is added to the vegetable oil to solidify it, for example to make margarine or shortening.

Trans fats - oils treated with high temperature and also called trans fatty acids - are used in the likes of fast food, biscuits and cakes because they are cheap and can make a "fresh" product last many months on shop shelves.

Dr. Tom Frieden, who once held the position as director of the United States Center for Disease Control, says that trans fats are a chemical toxin that has resulted in a great loss of life. He further stated that implementing the six strategies in the REPLACE plan will help in eliminating the prevalence of trans-fat, thereby signifying a pivotal victory for WHO's initiative to combat cardiovascular ailments. What is new is the World Health Organization global initiative to tackle a non-communicable disease, said Frieden, presently the President and Chief Executive of Resolve to Save Lives (an initiative of non-profit organisation Vital Strategies), involved with implementing the World Health Organization campaign.

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.

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Experts say transitioning away from trans fats is not only life-saving, but financially viable as well.

Assess and monitor trans fats content in the food supply and changes in trans fat consumption in the population.

The measure was authorized under the regulation on the use of hydrogenated oils in food products the government promulgated in 2016, it said.

In 2006, New York City banned restaurants from serving food with trans fats. In 2004, Denmark became the first country to completely outlaw trans fats, and other countries have been getting on board more recently.

"It's a change in the food environment that's likely to have a significant impact on public health and does not require significant behavior change", New York University food scientist Marion Nestle told the Times.

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. "Two years ago, IFBA member companies committed to reduce industrially produced trans fat in their products worldwide to nutritionally insignificant levels by the end of 2018".

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