FDA: Say goodbye to trans fats

Screen Shot 2013-11-07 at 1.01.44 PMThe FDA is announcing Thursday that it will require the food industry to gradually phase out trans fats, saying they are a threat to people’s health.

Commissioner Margaret Hamburg says the move could prevent 20,000 heart attacks a year and 7,000 deaths.

Hamburg says that while the amount of trans fats in the country’s diet has declined dramatically in the last decade, they “remain an area of significant public health concern.”

The agency isn’t yet setting a timeline for the phase-out, but will collect comments for two months before officials determine how long it will take.

Trans fat is widely considered the worst kind of fat for your heart. They are often found in processed foods, including some microwave popcorns and frozen pizzas, refrigerated doughs and ready-to-use frostings.

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  • A_citizen_patriot

    Well there ya go, now they are telling people what they can and cant eat.

    • Chris

      Darn that FDA! Trying to ban harmful things. Give me back my
      Sassafras Oil! I don’t care that it is carcinogenic. I want to eat some Japanese puffer fish…they banned that too! Pssh..telling me I cant ingest poisons. And Casu Marzu..I love that taste of the cheese. Fermented with maggots..and now I can’t eat it in the US. Pssh..disease potential or something.

      Oh, that horrible, horrible FDA.

      They aren’t telling you what you can and can’t eat. They are banning the use of a very harmful substance. Still want to gorge on some juicy trans fat? Hop onto ebay and order ya some up.

      • A_citizen_patriot

        Yeah cause gov alawys knows best dont they? So if they banned eating bacon cause its “harmful” would that be acceptable? If we are going to ban whats harmfull its going to be a long list. There are natural trans fats in milk and beef fat, going to ban them? While they are at it, might as well ban soda as well. How about beer? Im not arguing that its not harmfull. I just dont agree with them being able to dictate what we can eat.

        • Chris

          So…who should dictate where the line needs to be drawn? The scientists and nutritionists employed by/giving information to the FDA, or individuals with zero professional background?

          Introduced trans fats are unnecessary and are often found in cheap foods. These cheap foods are often consumed more heavily by the poor. So, the FDA is attempting to make things a little bit healthier for these people. Darn that liberal FDA!

          • A_citizen_patriot

            So if the price of thoes cheap foods rise, was it still worth it? Im not saying they are unnecessary, but so are a lot of things. Is beer necessary? Pop? Pork? Tobacco? Recreational marijuana? Saying they are harmfull and unnecessary is a bad argument since they are lots of items that fit that description.

          • Chris

            A tiny rise in food prices is worth the decrease in heart attacks.

            It’s very easy to not indulge in those things you listed. Trans fat, however is a very different beast. Anyone with a basic education knows that tobacco is bad, but many have NO clue the implications of trans-saturated fats. Do I know that I’m eating pork, well most likely, yes. Do I know if this particular food has been processed with trans fats? For most, the answer would be no.

          • A_citizen_patriot

            So wouldnt better labeling be a good start?

          • Chris

            Along with education, yes. But if you were poor, would you choose the trans fat pizza that costs 99 cents, or the non trans fat pizza that costs $1.29?

            Labeling only goes so far, but it is a start.

          • A_citizen_patriot

            To be honest I would choose the cheaper of the two. If its a matter of cost, your going to want to be able to eat then worry about whats in it and not eat.

          • Chris

            Exactly. That’s where the problem is. People make choices based on cost many times. It is very hard to see 10 years in the future. If some of these devastating things can be eliminated, it is worth it.

            Can we fix everything? No. But as humans we should try.

    • WeeTodd

      Too bad they can’t concentrate on more important issues, like fixing the economy!

      • A_citizen_patriot


      • Chris

        Once the food and drug administration(FDA) starts ‘fixing’ the economy, I’m packing my bags.

        *Face Palm*

        • A_citizen_patriot

          He was refering to government

  • guest_1

    Why not just require a warning label, like on cigarettes (which, hey, if we’re getting rid of stuff that kills people…..). People can then choose if they want to ingest it or not. I’m all for being aware of what you’re eating and not letting companies try to hide it or call it something else so you don’t realize you’re eating it. Peanuts kill people, but we don’t make them illegal.

    • A_citizen_patriot

      I completely agree. Just like washington trying to get GMO labels on food.

    • Chris

      Maybe the focus wasn’t on the people that choose to buy it, maybe it was focused on the people that don’t have the choice. What people are these, you ask. Children.