World Health Organization calls for removal of trans fat in food supply by 2023

World Health Organization calls for removal of trans fat in food supply by 2023

The world could eliminate industrially-produced trans fats by 2023, the World Health Organization said on Monday, unveiling a plan that it said would prevent 500,000 deaths per year from cardiovascular disease. "Implementing the six strategic actions in the Replace package to achieve the elimination of trans-fat will be a global win in the fight against cardiovascular disease", he said.

Trans fats were first created artificially (they occur naturally in low levels in certain meat products) in the early 20th century and gained popularity in the 1950s as an alternative to butter.

Eliminating these fats is the "key to protecting health and saving lives", it said, in a statement. The WHO's main concern is countries in North Africa, the Middle East and South Asia which still use products that contain trans fats excessively.

"A comprehensive approach to tobacco control allowed us to make more progress globally over the last decade than nearly anyone thought possible", he said, "Now, a similar approach to trans fat can help us make that kind of progress against cardiovascular disease, another of the world's leading causes of preventable death". They are used by snack manufacturers as they have an elongated shelf life as compared to other kinds of fat.

As per sources, numerous developed nations have already removed trans-fats from the food supply, imposing legal restrictions on packaged food. "While we can not estimate a percentage of products on store shelves that will be free of PHOs on June 19, 2018, we are confident that over the past three years, manufacturers have taken appropriate steps to reformulate products if and as necessary", an FDA spokesperson told Newsweek.

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The WHO recommends that no more than 1 percent of a person's calories come from trans fats.

Replacing trans fats with unsaturated fatty acids decreases the risk of heart disease, in part, by ameliorating the negative effects of trans fats on blood lipids.

"It is important to remember that, even with the actions by FDA and announcement by World Health Organization, there will always be naturally occurring trans fat in the diets that include meat and dairy products such as milk, butter and yogurt", the Grocery Manufacturer Association said.

Switzerland, Britain, Canada, and the United States have all already moved to ban trans fats. Nevertheless, the country has the opportunity to address its health and economics by supporting more locally produced oils. Partially hydrogenated oils are primarily used for deep frying and as an ingredient in baked goods; they can be replaced in both. Diets high in trans fats increase heart disease risk by 21% and deaths by 28%.

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