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FDA is right on trans fat decision

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Thursday it plans to bar nearly all trans fats from the American food supply.

Trans fats, also known as partially hydrogenated oils, are an additive, often used in vegetable oil to make it more solid at room temperature

The additive has long been associated with heart disease. The additive’s ability to make oil solid also does the same in the coronary arteries.

Health experts estimated recently that that trans fatty acids consumption caused 7,000 premature deaths and 20,000 heart attacks in America due to coronary heart disease.

The FDA’s decision has been a long time coming. Food manufacturers have recognized the dangers of trans fat and have increasingly been removing them from products.

    While the use of trans fats by food manufacturers has declined substantially in recent years, this additive is still consumed in significant quantities in the United States.

Thus, the FDA’s decision is a good move.

This will eventually help all consumers know that trans fats are no longer part of their food supply.