A bold move from the government today, the Department of Agriculture says it has begun the process of banning trans fats from our food supply. They have been widely used in processed foods to increase the shelf life and keep the flavors, despite increasing evidence that they very unhealthy.
Trans fats increase LDL, which is the bad cholesterol, and lower HDL, the good cholesterol.
"Decreasing trans fatty acids or removing them completely would eliminate about 20,000 cardiac events a year," says cardiologist David Frid.
So, will our taste buds notice when they're eliminated from the American diet?
Maybe a little, but it will be a gradual change. The recommendation today will go through a public comment period.
If finalized, manufacturers would have some time to phase out trans fats from their products.
Meanwhile, chemists are feverishly working to create something new that will take out the bad stuff, but restore the good flavors that we love.
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