A Look at the FDA Ban on Trans Fats
Trans fats have long been used as an additive to increase the shelf life of certain foods. They are also used in cooking, particularly in fast food restaurants. However, thanks to the direct link between trans fats and heart disease, the FDA is cracking down and taking steps to outlaw the use of trans fats in foods.
Although some trans fats occur naturally in foods, the substance that the FDA is tackling is created when hydrogen is added to liquid oils to turn them into a solid. Margarine and shortening are two prime examples. This process allows food to last longer on store shelves. It also acts as a flavor enhancer. The FDA has labeled trans fats as not “generally recognized as safe,” a distinction that is the first step towards banning trans fats from the food supply.
Avoiding trans fats is an important step in protecting your heart health. For patients already dealing with heart disease, Riverside Community Hospital’s heart hospital offers a range of effective treatment options. Find out more about our Riverside hospital by calling (951) 788-3000.