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World Health Organization plans to eliminate trans fats from food by 2023

World Health Organization plans to eliminate trans fats from food by 2023

"Why should our children have such an unsafe ingredient in their foods?", World Health Organization director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in the statement. It's responsible for more than 17 million deaths each year. It has had them for 15 years.

Branca said that there are some countries where the risk is at the zenith like South Asian countries.

Artificial trans fats, or trans fatty acids, are formed when vegetable oil solidifies in a procedure called hydrogenation. Many dairy and meat products contain trans fats that have also been linked to heart disease. The WHO recommends that no more than 1 percent of a person's calories come from trans fats.

New York Times: Trans Fats Should be Eliminated Worldwide by 2023, WHO Says (Jacobs, 5/14).

Countries will likely have to use regulation or legislation to get food makers to make the switch, experts said. In India, that number is pegged at about 60,000 deaths, said Tom Frieden, former Head of the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention told Business Line, speaking from Geneva.

"The world is now setting its sights on today's leading killers — particularly heart disease, which kills more people than any other cause in nearly every country", said Frieden, who is president of a New-York-based philanthropy-funded project called Resolve to Save Lives. The U.S. now has a ban in place going into effect next month. They used them in such fare as doughnuts, cookies and deep-fried foods. They are not perishable as other fats but they possess some detrimental health effects like inducing rise in the levels of "bad" LDL cholesterol and intensifying possibility of heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes. Each year, more than 500,000 people die due to cardiovascular disease, that is attributed to intake of trans fats.

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But removing trans fat from processed foods won't completely eradicate the threat.

In 2015, the FDA determined that trans fats are not generally recognized as safe.

Quartz: How trans fat fell from grace to become a foodie villain (Purdy, 5/14).

The six-step guide, called REPLACE, comes after World Health Organization opened a consultation until 1 June to review draft guidelines on intake of trans-fats and saturated fats for adults and children. FDA officials have not said how much progress has been made or how they will enforce their rule against food makers that don't comply.

Back in the 1970s, Dr. Willett was one of the first researchers to sound the alarm about trans fats, a stance that earned him scorn from the food industry and even fellow nutritionists.