FDA to ban artery-clogging trans fats
WASHINGTON (AP/WPSD) - The Food and Drug Administration is announcing Thursday that it will require the food industry to gradually phase out trans fats, acknowledging they are a threat to Americans' health.
Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said the move could prevent up to 20,000 heart attacks a year and 7,000 deaths. She added that while the amount of trans fats in the country's diet has declined dramatically in the last decade, they "remain an area of significant public health concern."
The Clinical Nutrition Manager for Lourdes Hospital, Sandra Farthing told Local 6 the announcement will at the very least bring more awareness. She said the man-made substance is found in most processed foods and is something she's been warning people about for decades.
The agency isn't yet setting a time line for the phase-out, but will collect comments for two months before officials determine how long it will take.
Trans fat is widely considered the worst kind of fat for your heart. They are often found in processed foods, including some microwave popcorns and frozen pizzas, refrigerated doughs and ready-to-use frostings.