The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced that trans fat, commonly found in many American foods, is no longer “generally recognized as safe,” which could result in a ban in the near future.
With the announcement, the FDA cites a reduction of trans fat in the food supply can prevent an additional 7,000 deaths from heart disease and up to 20,000 heart attacks each year. If the administration’s preliminary determination is finalized, trans fat would be considered unapproved and would no longer be legally sold in American food supply.
For those unaware, trans fat is a byproduct of partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) and has been linked to an increased risk of coronary heart disease, in which plaque builds up inside the arteries and may cause a heart attack.
What you might not know is that trans fat can be found in many of the common things we eat on an everyday basis.
Here’s a list of just a few tasty foods that would be affected if trans fat were indeed banned:
- Crackers, cookies, cakes and other baked goods
- Frozen pizza
- Coffee creamers
- Movie theater and microwavable popcorn
Most of the above rely heavily on trans fat for its taste and texture, which would more than likely be replaced with other flavors or additives.
To learn more about the possible changes to food with trans fat, visit www.fda.gov.