World Health Organization urges ban on industrial trans-fats by 2023

Henrietta Strickland
May 15, 2018

It includes replacing trans-fats with healthier fats and oils, creating awareness of the negative health impact and monitoring content in the food supply and changes in consumption patterns. Health advocates say trans fats are the most harmful fat in the food supply, and say they play a big role in more than 500,000 deaths around the world each year.

The main source of artificial trans fats comes from PHOs and are often used in baking and processed foods such as instant coffee and fries, Yen explained. The country has witnessed improvement in the citizens' health and a reduction in deaths by way of cardiovascular disease.

USA TODAY: Trans fats should be banned, World Health Organization says (Bomey, 5/14).

Trans fats should be less than 1 per cent of the total count (less than 2.2gm per day in a 2,000 calorie); both fats must be replaced by polyunsaturated fatty acids and monounsaturated fat. In some places, partially hydrogenated oils have already been banned, cutting off one of the main sources of commercially produced trans fats from their food supply, according to the World Health Organization via Reuters. Trans fatty foods became increasingly popular beginning in the 1950s, partly because experts at the time thought they were healthier than cooking with butter or lard.

Trans fats increase the 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 are formed when vegetable oil goes through a process called hydrogenation, which makes the oil more stable and solid at room temperature and increases its shelf-life, the FDA said.

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. In addition, there are indications that trans fat may increase inflammation and endothelial dysfunction.

Review the foods produced by the industry of each country and the imported ones to see how their trans-fat levels are.

"The world is now setting its sights on today's leading killers — particularly heart disease, which kills more people than any other cause in nearly every country", said Frieden, who is president of a New-York-based philanthropy-funded project called Resolve to Save Lives.

"There are countries where the risk is particularly high".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

Discuss This Article

FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER