WHO Seeks to Wipe Out Trans Fats Worldwide

Posted May 15, 2018

Heart and circulatory disease kills 160,000 people in the United Kingdom each year - with an estimated 2,000 to 3,000 people dying as a result of chronic conditions caused by consuming trans fat, said Prof Capewell. "Numerous fats are in foods or oils made by local producers", Betsy McKay and Jacob Bunge write for the Wall Street Journal. "They used them in such fare as doughnuts, cookies and deep-fried foods", Stobbe continues.

Implementing the WHO's strategy for replacing trans fats, including promoting healthier alternatives and legislating against the harmful ingredients, would remove them from the food chain and score a major victory against heart disease, he said. A misconception that the products were healthier than butter or lard led to surge in popularity that peaked in 1950s, but studies gradually revealed a link between trans fats and unsafe cholesterol levels in the blood.

World Health Organization introduced a step-by-step guide Monday called REPLACE. Global elimination of industrially-produced trans fats can help achieve this goal, the World Health Organization said. She writes the Daily Dose for HealthCentral and is the editorial director at HealthCommunities.

"We don't eat specific fatty acids", Nestle added.

In 2015, the FDA took steps to finish the job of eliminating trans fats, calling for manufacturers to stop selling trans fatty foods by June 18, 2018 - a deadline that arrives next month.

The Food and Drug Administration has ruled that partially hydrogenated oils are no longer "generally recognized as safe" or GRAS. Likewise, where they've been banned in the West, the number of heart attacks has dropped.

Denmark was the first country to outlaw industrially-produced trans fats in 2003. In the developed parts of the world, trans fats are becoming rarer and rarer.

Artificial trans fats, also known as trans fatty acids, develop when vegetable oil becomes hard in a process known as hydrogenation.

According to the statement, several high-income countries have virtually eliminated industrially-produced trans fats through legally imposed limits on the amount that can be contained in packaged food.

The WHO today published an initiative called Replace which provides six strategic actions to ensure the prompt, complete, and sustained elimination of industrially produced trans fats from the food supply. In fact, the advent of partially hydrogenated oil was one of the developments that led to the success of packaged foods across the US and Europe after World War II. Butter does raise cholesterol, but margarines made using unsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats do not.

Some governments, including Denmark, have already implemented nationwide bans on partially hydrogenated oils, the main source of industrially-produced trans fats.