World Health Organization plans to eliminate trans-fat from food by 2023

Media Outlets Continue Coverage Of WHO's Plan To Eliminate Trans Fats From Global Food Supply By 2023

WHO calls for removal of trans fat in food supply by 2023

As per World Health Organization, every year, trans fat intake leads to more than 500000 deaths of people from cardiovascular disease. They are not perishable as other fats but they possess some detrimental health effects like inducing rise in the levels of "bad" LDL cholesterol and intensifying possibility of heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes.

There are two main sources for trans fats - natural sources such as dairy products and meat of ruminants such as cows and sheep; and industrially-produced sources such as partially hydrogenated oils.

Margarine, ghee, and hardened vegetable fats often contain industrially produced trans fats, which are also present in many snacks, baked goods and fried foods.

Media Outlets Continue Coverage Of WHO's Plan To Eliminate Trans Fats From Global Food Supply By 2023

Additionally, medical research conducted by doctors and scientists worldwide has found that trans fats are linked to increased risk of obesity, fatty liver disease and Alzheimer's disease, Yang said. He also appended that there are also some Latin American countries where trans fat amount is high but they are already putting a lid on it. He further stated that implementing the six strategies in the REPLACE plan will help in eliminating the prevalence of trans-fat, thereby signifying a pivotal victory for WHO's initiative to combat cardiovascular ailments.

REview dietary sources of industrially-produced trans fats and the landscape for required policy change. "But healthier alternatives can be used that would not affect taste or cost of food", The global health body said in the statement.

In 2006, New York City banned restaurants from serving food with trans fats.

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The Chief Population Health Dietitian at Northern Health is applauding the move to ban trans fats.

The World Health Organization announced on Monday that it is mounting a campaign to have unsafe man-made trans fats disqualified from use in all food products.

A representative for The Grocery Manufacturers Association, which represents more than 250 food, beverage and consumer product companies in Washington D.C. said they back the World Health Organization's plan and have reduced trans fat use by 98 percent.

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Many manufacturers cut back, and studies showed trans fat levels in the blood of middle-aged US adults fell by almost 60 percent by the end of the decade. Trans fats still hide in some foods that millions of people eat every day, like coffee creamer, baking products like margarine and shortening, pre-made frosting, some potato chips, pre-made dough and fried food.

"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".

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