Artificial trans fats in foods could
soon be a thing of the past.
The Food and Drug Administration has
said trans fats are no longer generally recognized as safe. This marks the
first step towards regulating a product that is found in many processed foods.
This is a major shakeup in the food
industry and it could have a very real effect on what is in the food that we
Trans fats are partially hydrogenated
oils found in many processed foods to make the shelf life longer.
The FDA said trans fats are
potentially dangerous to consumers' health and boost bad cholesterol levels.
This doesn't mean shoppers will see an
immediate change in the super market as the ruling still has to be finalized.
The agency has opened up a 60-day
period of comment and review. Once the ruling has been made final trans fats
will be eliminated from food products.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention said this move has the potential to prevent 10- to 20-thousand
heart attacks each year.