When Zero Doesn’t Mean Zero: Trans Fats Linger In Food
August 28, 2014
back in November 2013, the Food and Drug Administration announced it was intending to ban partially hydrogenated vegetable oils from all food products. The proposed ban seemed prudent, since eating foods with trans fats has been linked to heart disease, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that an FDA ban could prevent an additional 7,000 deaths from heart disease each year and as many as 20,000 heart attacks in that period.
But the FDA has yet to issue a final rule requiring food companies to eliminate trans fats entirely.
While many food companies have found affordable alternatives to partially hydrogenated oil, 1 in 10 packaged foods still contain it, according to researchers at the New York Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
“A lot people think it’s out of the food supply, but it’s still in a lot of places,”