This morning, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) declared that it will require food companies to phase out the use of trans fats in their products within the time frame of three years (by June 2018). This is a major win for public health in the United States, seeing as the change has the estimated potential to prevent 20,000 heart attacks and 7000 heart disease–related deaths each year.
According to The New York Times, the FDA ruled that partially hydrogenated oils, the source of trans fats, may no longer be categorized as safe for consumption. That means companies would have to prove that such oils are safe to eat in order to continue using them, a standard that will be hard to meet considering the Institute of Medicine has stated that there is no safe level for their consumption. It's never easy to say goodbye to products we've grown to love, but if it means healthier arteries and happier hearts for all, we're filing this one under good riddance.
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