Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Health Care | By Terrence Lopez

World Health Organization pushes ban of margarine by 2023

World Health Organization pushes ban of margarine by 2023

Industrially-produced trans fats are contained in vegetable fats like margarine and ghee, and are often present in snack food, baked foods, and fried foods. World Health Organization director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a separate statement as well.

Officials believe that their goal can be achieved in five years, as work is already well advanced in several countries.

The WHO is now pushing middle- and lower-income countries to pick up the fight, said Dr Francesco Branca, director of the WHO's department of nutrition for health and development. Hydrogenated fats are basically vegetable oil which has an extra hydrogen atom attached to its molecules using industrial processes, resulting in a substance that hardens into solid fat at lower temperatures, as the FDA described them.

In the draft guidelines, open for public comments till June 1, the global health body defined the healthy intake of saturated and trans fats to prevent cardiovascular disease - reduce the intake of saturated fats to less than 10 per cent of your daily calorie count, it said.

"Trans fatty acids are a unsafe product that can be removed easily, inexpensively and with no effect on the quality of food", Branca said.

Countries will likely have to use regulation or legislation to get food makers to make the switch, experts said.

"WHO calls on governments to use the REPLACE action package to eliminate industrially-produced trans-fatty acids from the food supply".

This is really a great move by the WHO. Lives, a project of the NY organization Vital Strategies.

Media Outlets Continue Coverage Of WHO's Plan To Eliminate Trans Fats From Global Food Supply By 2023

Artificial trans fats are more popular because they have a longer shelf life. They used them in doughnuts, cookies and deep-fried foods.

It increases the risk of heart disease by 21 per cent and death by 28 per cent.

Many manufacturers cut back, and studies showed trans fat levels in the blood of middle-aged United States adults fell by almost 60% by the end of the decade. "While we can not estimate a percentage of products on store shelves that will be free of PHOs on June 19, 2018, we are confident that over the past three years, manufacturers have taken appropriate steps to reformulate products if and as necessary", an FDA spokesperson told Newsweek.

REview: Review food sources of trans fatty acids and policy changes needed.

Because of the numerous health risks, the World Health Organization devised a method to eliminate industrially-produced trans-fatty acids.

Assess and monitor trans fats content in the food supply.

'Trans fats are a harmful compound that can be removed easily without major cost and without any impact on the quality of the foods, ' Dr Branca said.

According to a study published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine, Denmark's cardiovascular disease deaths declined dramatically three years after policy was enforced.

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