So Long Trans Fat
Today the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) took the first step in eliminating trans fat in the food supply. They made a statement that trans fats in the food supply are not “generally recognized as safe.” Here at Cooper Aerobics we are very pleased with this news.
Over 10 years ago, our Founder and Chairman, Kenneth H. Cooper, MD, MPH, began pioneering work with PepsiCo Inc. to eliminate trans fats from its Frito-Lay snack line. In 2003 Frito-Lay was the first company to eliminate trans fats from its entire snack chip portfolio. All of the company’s chips have 0 grams of trans fat. Trans fats have been eliminated from most snack foods in the United States, saving what Dr. Cooper believes to be an estimated 60,000 lives per year.
Dr. Cooper’s work started an international wave that other companies have followed. Many fast food chains have reduced or eliminated trans fats in their products.
Although a small amount of trans fat is found naturally in foods like meat, butter and dairy products, most trans fat is formed during processing—hydrogen is added to an oil to make a solid fat, like shortening or margarine.
Trans fats were first introduced into food products as a replacement for saturated fats in the 1980s. Designed to extend the product’s shelf life they can shorten your life. In 1997 a study published by The New England Journal of Medicine proved that by adding 2 percent of trans fats to your diet could increase your risk of cardiovascular disease by 25-50 percent.
We encourage the FDA to take this next stop to follow through with the recommendation to completely eliminate trans fats from food. It would be a big step in eliminating the number of deaths from heart attacks and coronary heart disease each year.
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