This week, news came out that the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) has reviewed evidence and determined that partially hydrogenated oils (also known as Trans Fats) are NOT “generally recognized as safe”. The GRAS term is used by the FDA when evaluating and reviewing foods and supplements. Food manufacturers are given a timeline of 3 years to remove trans fats from their products.
Trans fats can have a big impact on the body, including increasing both bad cholesterol and the risk of heart disease. The hope is that these changes to the law will decrease our intake of Trans fats, thus decreasing the risk of their adverse effects.
This is a huge step in the right direction for improving the health of the country. However, we each need to take a responsibility in our own health and know that the elimination of Trans fats won’t magically cure our obesity epidemic. Unhealthy items will still exist without Trans fats, so it is up to each of us to be knowledgeable about what we are putting into our body.
Read more about this big change here!
Katherine Horner, MS, RD, LD, NASM-CPT, CES
Surgical Weight Loss Dietitian & Exercise Specialist
Photo from http://arstechnica.com/science/2015/06/fda-follows-through-on-its-plan-to-ban-trans-fats