Countries urged to wipe out killer trans fats from foods

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The ambitious initiative figures that by 2023, the organization can convince nations to either ban those fats and oils - which are linked to hundreds of thousands of deaths per year - or food companies to substitute healthier alternatives. This is because they're used in partially-hydrogenated oils, which were first used as a butter replacement and then later as a replacement for foods containing saturated fatty acids. Trans fats are commonly found in fried food, snack food, baked goods and margarine.

Studies have found that trans fat raises cholesterol levels in the blood and increases the risk of heart disease.

LDL is described as the bad cholesterol because it contributes to fatty buildups in arteries.

On Monday, the World Health Organization announced a plan calling for governments to ban industrially-produced trans fats within five years.

In a press statement on Monday, the health agency released a step by step guide called "REPLACE" for governments to follow in achieving the aim.

Eliminating a big chunk of those deaths can be accomplished in an easier way: by banning trans fats (or trans fatty acids). He said that they're not only encouraging governments to enact regulations and eliminate trans fats from local food manufacturers, but they also want to educate the public.

A number of other countries have too made the move to restrict or ban trans fats, including Switzerland, Canada, Britain and other parts of the United States.

Switzerland, Britain, Canada, and the U.S. have all already moved to ban trans fats, and Thailand is expected to make a similar decree in the next month, according to the New York Times.

"If the world replaces trans fats, people won't taste the difference, food won't cost more, but your heart will know the difference".

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RE view dietary sources of industrially-produced trans fats.

Trans fats occur in small amounts in nature.

"Why should our children have such an unsafe ingredient in their foods?" asked WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. She said Nestle'; has eliminated these from 99.8% of fats and oils the company uses.

The WHO recommends that no more than 1 percent of a person's calories come from trans fats. Denmark, which was the first country to mandate restrictions on such trans fats, has already experienced a decline in cardiovascular deaths.

Assess and monitor trans fats content in the food supply and changes in trans fat consumption in the population.

"The removal of trans fats from the food supply as an additive counts as one of the major public health victories of the last decade", said Laura MacCleery, policy director for the Washington, D.C. -based advocacy group, Center for Science in the Public Interest.

This article was originally published by Business Insider.

"We call on food producers in our sector to take prompt action and we stand ready to support effective measures to work toward the elimination of industrially produced trans fats and ensure a level playing field in this area", said Rocco Rinaldi, secretary-general of the International Food and Beverage Alliance.

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