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World Health Organization calls for trans fats to be eliminated within five years

World Health Organization calls for trans fats to be eliminated within five years

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has released on Monday, an initiative called REPLACE that will provide guidance for all countries on how to remove artificial trans fats from their foods, possibly leading to a worldwide eradication.

New York City eliminated industrially-produced trans fats a decade ago, following Denmark's lead.

The World Health Organization wants to eliminate artificial trans fats around the world by 2023.

"Multinational companies that make trans fats and have used them as ingredients said they have largely eliminated those oils from foods in the USA, parts of Europe and Canada, where governments already restrict their use".

Moreover, it's possible to eliminate trans fats without changing the flavor of food, so even if you haven't already been eating this way, you probably won't know the difference.

Heart and circulatory disease kills 160,000 people in the United Kingdom each year - with an estimated 2,000 to 3,000 people dying as a result of chronic conditions caused by consuming trans fat, said Prof Capewell.

Denmark was the first country to outlaw industrially-produced trans fats in 2003.

In the recent history of popular nutrition, trans fat has experienced perhaps the most meteoric rise and precipitous fall from grace of anything in our foods.

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There are two main sources for trans fats: natural sources (in the dairy products and meat of ruminants such as cows and sheep) and industrially-produced sources (partially hydrogenated oils).

"The public health community are in consensus that trans fats should be eliminated", he said. "Implementing the six strategic actions in the REPLACE package will help achieve the elimination of trans fat, and represent a major victory in the global fight against cardiovascular disease". "The world is now embarking on the UN Decade of Action on Nutrition, using it as a driver for improved access to healthy food and nutrition". This includes the review of dietary sources of industrially-produced trans fats and the landscape for required policy change. Health experts say they can be replaced with canola oil or other products.

When New York City banned restaurants from serving food with trans fats in 2006, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration adopted a requirement that same year for manufacturers to list trans fat content information on food labels.

Secretary-general Rocco Renaldi said: "We welcome this action by the World Health Organization and Resolve".

Create awareness of the negative health impact of trans fats among policy makers, producers, suppliers, and the public.

Enforce compliance with policies and regulations. It is now pressing middle and lower-income countries to act to eliminate trans fats. They raise bad (LDL) cholesterol level and lower good (HDL) cholesterol levels, which increases risk of heart disease and stroke.

The WHO recommends that no more than 1 percent of a person's calories come from trans fats.

Heart attacks and strokes fell by more than 6 percent three years after some NY counties banned trans fats, researchers reported last year. In addition, there are indications that trans fat may increase inflammation and endothelial dysfunction.


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