A Ban Of Trans Fats Is Good For All
In last month’s Boston/Washington Reuters article by Toni Clarke and Ros Krasny, I read that the FDA is finally closing in on the ban of trans fats, a very important issue. They have actually proposed banning artificial trans fats in processed foods because of the risk of heart disease linked to their consumption.
Simply put, hydrogenation is a chemical process that converts liquid vegetable oils into solid or semi-solid fats. Partially hydrogenated oils extend the shelf life of foods, and many processed foods rely on their taste and texture.
A Ban of Trans Fats Would Save Lives
By now, certainly, we’ve all heard that trans fats are dangerous and we need to buy products with labels that read “NO TRANS FATS”, and for very good reason. These partially hydrogenated oils increase our bad cholesterol and may be responsible for approximately 7,000 deaths and 20,000 heart attacks, annually. Rest assured, Smart for Life® products never have and never will have trans fats or any toxic ingredients.
According to experts, it may take about two years for a company to complete an ingredient switch-over from the time they are introduced to the alternative. There is considerable research, recipe experimentation, and subsequent cost involved in any such project. Thankfully, we never used these types of ingredients.
Even though it’s taken the FDA some time to get to this point, many companies have felt the pressure to move in the right direction over the past several years. Since the FDA’s 2006 requirement to disclose these harmful fats on food labels, their presence in the marketplace has declined, significantly, but the task is far from complete.
Some specifics to be very cautious of include certain brands of the following processed foods: pies, fish sticks, microwave popcorn, crackers and cinnamon rolls, to name a few. Be sure that you read the actual labels, not just the name of the product or a descriptive tag line printed on the packaging.
Until The Ban of Trans Fats- Check Your Labels
Until an FDA ban of trans fats comes to fruition and these large companies are forced to eliminate these dangerous products from our grocery store shelves; don’t buy them, period! We must be our own best advocate in our daily pursuit of healthy choices and lifestyle changes… stay informed, stay aware and treat ourselves and our families to the gift of delicious whole foods and healthy alternatives, such as Smart for Life®.
I’ll keep you posted on this ban of trans fats and in the mean time, to your health and happiness, -Dr. Sass