Even for those of us who avoid partially hydrogenated oil like it’s the Ebola of food ingredients, this is really big news. The FDA has ruled that trans fats, such as partially hydrogenated oil, are no longer recognized as safe. Furthermore, the FDA has calculated that banning these fats could prevent 20,000 heart attacks and 7,000 deaths from heart disease each year. The scary part is that even those who dodge trans fats by tracking ingredient labeling have likely been exposed to small quantities. Under current guidelines, companies are allowed to list any product with 0.5 grams or less of trans fats as 0 grams (pretty shady, huh?), which can add up to a ‘considerable intake,’ says the FDA. As consumers who despise being tricked by sneaky food labeling, we applaud the FDA’s decision, which mandates that companies eliminate trans fats by 2018. What’s your take on this news? Tell us in the comments!
FDA Tells Food Industry to Stop Using Artificial Trans Fats
February 2, 2017