The FDA takes aggressive stance on trans fat

Foods that are rich in trans fat can threaten aging longevity.

We all know that greasy foods like French fries, fried chicken and pizza can pose a threat to our aging longevity – especially if we consume them every day. However, once you catch the faintest whiff of these foods, the temptation to indulge can seem insurmountable. Until now, it has simply been a matter of willpower and determination that stands between American consumers and these unhealthy items, but that may all change in light of a recent ruling by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). 

According to an FDA press release, the government entity has "announced its preliminary determination that partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs), the primary dietary source of artificial trans fat in processed foods, are not 'generally recognized as safe' for use in food."

This initial statement has preceded a 60-day period in which the FDA will review and solicit scientific data regarding the potential dangers of PHOs to establish if they should be banned from lawful use in foods. Why? Because trans fats contribute directly to heart disease risk.

"One of the FDA's core regulatory functions is ensuring that food, including all substances added to food, is safe," FDA deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine Michael Taylor said.

Americans are getting better about cutting out trans fat, and many food manufacturers have willingly reduced the amount of PHOs they use, but this decision from the FDA indicates there is still more work to be done to preserve the health of the U.S. population. 

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