World Health Organization calls for elimination of trans fat in all foods by 2023

World Health Organization calls for elimination of trans fat in all foods by 2023

For example, in Denmark, the first country to mandate restrictions on industrially-produced trans fats, the trans-fat content of food products declined dramatically and cardiovascular disease deaths declined more quickly than in comparable OECD countries. They are also in fried foods since oils with trans fats can be used many times in commercial fryers, the American Heart Association said.

Denmark was the first country to outlaw industrially-produced trans fats in 2003.

Eliminating industrially produced trans fats is also expected to help the World Health Organization achieve its goal of attaining a 33 percent reduction in premature death from noncommunicable diseases by 2030.

The new REPLACE provides six strategic actions to ensure the prompt, complete, and sustained elimination of industrially-produced trans fats from the food supply and has a step-by-step strategy on how to do so by 2023.

Promote the replacement of industrially-produced trans fats with healthier fats and oils.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus scheduled a Monday news conference in Geneva to discuss the topic, meanwhile, taking a page from how the group campaigned against infectious diseases years earlier.

Legislate or enact regulatory actions to eliminate industrially-produced trans fats. While trans fat can occur naturally in some meats and dairy products, it appears in industrial settings usually as margarine, a hardened fat that is caused by the addition of hydrogen to vegetable.

WHO Global Ambassador for Noncommunicable Diseases, Michael R. Bloomberg, a three-term mayor of New York city and the founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies, said: "Banning trans fats in New York City helped reduce the number of heart attacks without changing the taste or cost of food, and eliminating their use around the world can save millions of lives".

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In the recent history of popular nutrition, trans fat has experienced perhaps the most meteoric rise and precipitous fall from grace of anything in our foods.

Although the World Health Organization does not have the power to enact a global ban, its influence could pave the way for a crackdown on manufactured trans fats.

"Food makers liked artificial trans fats because they prolong product shelf life and enhance flavor".

When he was New York City's health commissioner between 2002 and 2009, Frieden led its efforts to remove artificial trans fats from restaurants, which was accomplished in 2006. "They used them in such fare as doughnuts, cookies and deep-fried foods", Stobbe continues.

Trans-fats increase levels of LDL-cholesterol, a well-accepted biomarker for cardiovascular disease risk, and decreases levels of HDL-cholesterol, which carry away cholesterol from arteries and transport it to the liver, that secretes it into the bile.

"Trans fats appear in highly processed foods".

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. It is unclear how much progress has been made or how the rule will be enforced against noncompliant food makers.

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