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FDA to ban artery-clogging trans fats
Quote:FDA to ban artery-clogging trans fats

WASHINGTON (AP) - Heart-clogging trans fats have been slowly disappearing from grocery aisles and restaurant menus in the last decade. Now, the Food and Drug Administration is finishing the job.

The FDA planned to announce Thursday it will require the food industry to gradually phase out all trans fats, saying they are a threat to people's health. Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said the move could prevent 20,000 heart attacks and 7,000 deaths each year.

Hamburg said that while the amount of trans fats in the country's diet has declined dramatically in the last decade, they "remain an area of significant public health concern." The trans fats have long been criticized by nutritionists, and New York and other local governments have banned them.

The agency isn't yet setting a timeline for the phase-out, but it will collect comments for two months before officials determine how long it will take. Different foods may have different timelines, depending how easy it is to find a substitute.

"We want to do it in a way that doesn't unduly disrupt markets," says Michael Taylor, FDA's deputy commissioner for foods. Still, he says, the food "industry has demonstrated that it is by and large feasible to do."

To phase them out, the FDA said it had made a preliminary determination that trans fats no longer fall in the agency's "generally recognized as safe" category, which is reserved for thousands of additives that manufacturers can add to foods without FDA review. Once trans fats are off the list, anyone who wants to use them would have to petition the agency for a regulation allowing it, and that would be unlikely to be approved.

Trans fats are widely considered the worst kind for your heart, even worse than saturated fats, which can also contribute to heart disease. Trans fats are used both in processed food and in restaurants, often to improve the texture, shelf life or flavor of foods. They are created when hydrogen is added to vegetable oil to make it more solid, which is why they are often called partially hydrogenated oils.

Scientists say there are no health benefits to trans fats and say they can raise levels of so-called "bad" cholesterol, increasing the risk of heart disease - the leading cause of death in the United States.

Many companies have already phased out trans fats, prompted by new nutrition labels introduced by FDA in 2006 that list trans fats and an by an increasing number of local laws that have banned them.

Though they have been removed from many items, the fats are still found in processed foods, including in some microwave popcorns and frozen pizzas, refrigerated doughs, cookies and ready-to-use frostings. They are also sometimes used by restaurants that use the fats for frying. Many larger chains have phased them out, but smaller restaurants may still get food containing trans fats from suppliers.

As a result of the local and federal efforts, consumers have slowly eaten fewer of the fats. According to the FDA, trans fat intake among American consumers declined from 4.6 grams per day in 2003 to around one gram per day in 2012.

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Philly started in that direction in 2007 ....

Quote:Stock's Bakery in Port Richmond was not thrilled about having to take the shortening out of its 88-year-old pound cake recipe. Holmesburg Bakery felt the same way about its Jewish apple cake. They say that this change will decrease the flavor of their baked goods, and will destroy their legacy and reputation.

Nevertheless, in February of 2007, Philadelphia banned the use of oil containing more than half a gram of trans fat per serving. The ban was implemented in 2 stages – the first prohibits eateries from frying foods in trans fat-based products or serving trans fat-rich spreads. The second stage bans trans fat use in commercial kitchens across the board. Prepackaged goods with clear labels, however, are exempt.

The ban, drafted in Section 6-307 of the Philadelphia Health Code, was approved by the Philadelphia City Council, signed into law by the mayor, and is enforced by the Department of Public Health. Although health inspectors will note trans fat violations in their reports, there are no fines imposed. Violations are termed “general” as opposed to “critical,” meaning there are no immediate health risks to the community.

In addition to Philadelphia restaurants, the ban also applies to Philadelphia bars, cafeterias in schools and businesses, caterers, mobile food vending carts, senior and childcare centers, hospitals, concession stands, soup kitchens, and street fairs.

Isn't the idea of trans fats being "artery cloggers" one of the most well-known "medical myths" of our generation?
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ByblosHex;124674 Wrote:Isn't the idea of trans fats being "artery cloggers" one of the most well-known "medical myths" of our generation?

Bingo....right up there with Global warming.
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Say bye bye to cows milk and butter and yogurt. Oh, and human breast milk too. Can't have that shit!

What a fucking joke!


Oh, let's not forget, can't eat cow, goat, lamb or deer either. They all have trans fat.
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Mr_Gixxer;124699 Wrote:Say bye bye to cows milk and butter and yogurt. Oh, and human breast milk too. Can't have that shit!

What a fucking joke!


Oh, let's not forget, can't eat cow, goat, lamb or deer either. They all have trans fat.

Looks like I just cornered the market with rabbit meat!! Big Grin
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What I hate about this crap is that everything can be bad for your health if you eat/drink enough of it.... even water.

Besides, we are not truly free unless we are free to make "bad" decisions.
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When I was in the cake business.....the trans-fats help icings to hold the liquid rather than separating. It helped incorporate the ingredients better. I know it's unhealthy, but I feel sorry for bakers who will have to change old recipes.
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Honestly, having had the experience of my LAD closing up tight, I've had to cut out transfats.

And don't tell me it's a myth, as my blood chemistry doesn't lie.

But you know what? If you read the frigging label, you'll find out that transfats are pretty much disappearing on their own. I just checked out one of my favorite sources of tasty fat, Olivio, and it has zero transfats.

They're not the same as "saturated fats." And saturated fats aren't all bad.

Transfats are crappy things like "hydrogenated vegetable oil."

Yeah, they'll stiffen your frosting, but there are other, older, ways.
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