World Health Organization pushes ban of margarine by 2023

World Health Organization pushes ban of margarine by 2023

The UN body estimates every year, trans fat intake leads to the deaths from cardiovascular disease of more than 500,000 people around the world.

Eliminating these fats is the "key to protecting health and saving lives", it said, in a statement. For the record, Denmark had set an example for other nations by becoming the first to take an initiative of restricting the use of industrially manufactured trans-fats in food supply.

In the Indian context, the World Health Organization has termed ghee as a trans fat laden food, despite mounting evidence on the "good fat" in it. "Industrially-produced trans fats are contained in hardened vegetable fats, such as margarine and ghee, and are often present in snack food, baked foods, and fried foods".

Artificial trans fat or trans-fatty acids are produced in a process that adds hydrogen to liquid vegetable oils to make them more solid. They insist that healthier alternatives can be used that would not affect taste or cost of food and would represent a major victory in the global fight against heart disease.

Endevelt said trans fats may still be found here in pastries and other baked goods in small bakeries or in popcorn.

Several countries have already imposed limits on trans fats in packaged foods, with Denmark showing a decrease in cardiovascular deaths, the World Health Organization said.

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The agency made the announcement on Monday, May 14, as they launched an initiative called REPLACE that will be the goal for all countries looking to get rid of artificial trans fats from their food supply, as CNN reported.

Back in the 1970s, Dr. Willett was one of the first researchers to sound the alarm about trans fats, a stance that earned him scorn from the food industry and even fellow nutritionists.

Yan Zong-hai (顏宗海), director of Chang Gung Memorial Hospital's Clinical Toxins Department, said that in addition to cardiovascular disease, global studies show that artificial trans fats can also cause obesity, as well as increasing the risk of fatty liver and Alzheimer's disease.

REPLACE urges countries to assess and monitor trans fats consumption, establish laws to stamp out trans fats and raises awareness of their risk. Nevertheless, the country has the opportunity to address its health and economics by supporting more locally produced oils.

Dr. Tom Frieden, CEO of Resolve to Save Lives, has declared that NY has become the first state in the US that has followed the footsteps of Denmark by eliminating trans-fats a decade ago.

The United States Food and Drug Administration reports that as many as 7,000 fatalities and 20,000 heart attacks can be prevented by the reduction of trans fats in the American diet.

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