World Health Organization leads push to universally ban trans fats


These oils, which are referred to by the term partially hydrogenated, resulted in a decreased cost of processing foods while extending the shelf life of food products causing them to become popular as an ingredient with snack foods.

As per sources, numerous developed nations have already removed trans-fats from the food supply, imposing legal restrictions on packaged food. "That's what you want, because behavior change is hard".

Nutritionist Sujatha Stephen said, "We used to have only saturated and unsaturated fats but nowadays because of the advent of the western foods the use of trans fats is increasing".

The World Health Organization wants to get rid of trans fat from the global food supply altogether, and it wants it gone in five years.

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) has urged governments around the globe to ban the use of trans fats. What is new is the World Health Organization global initiative to tackle a non-communicable disease, said Frieden, presently the President and Chief Executive of Resolve to Save Lives (an initiative of non-profit organisation Vital Strategies), involved with implementing the World Health Organization campaign. Partially hydrogenated oils were first introduced into the food supply in the early 20th century as a replacement for butter. In addition, there are indications that trans fat may increase inflammation and endothelial dysfunction. According to a study published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine, Denmark's cardiovascular disease deaths declined dramatically three years after policy was enforced. It worked, with death rates from cardiovascular disease falling faster there than in comparable countries.

"It's a change in the food environment that's likely to have a significant impact on public health and does not require significant behavior change", New York University food scientist Marion Nestle told the Times. But it worked, according to a study published past year in the Journal of the American Medical Association Cardiology, reducing heart attack and stroke rates in the city. Multinational food producers that have switched away from trans fat products can help local producers make the move to healthier oils, according to the WHO.

Under the Obama administration, the FDA finally followed suit nationwide in 2015, with that ban going into full effect next month.

"The reality is that global food companies have done an unbelievable job reducing trans fats in rich countries but they have largely ignored Asia and Africa", said Prof Barry Popkin, a nutrition lecturer at the Chapel Hill campus University of North Carolina.