The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has passed a decision to ban artificial trans fats from foods, deemed to be the cause of heart disease. Centenarian University of Illinois professor Fred Kummerow, who for over six decades had been petitioning about the side effects of using trans fat, eventually sued the FDA in order to get the substance removed. Food manufacturers have three years to make the transition.
Many products with artificial trans fats, which are derived from partially hydrogenated oils, have disappeared from grocery stores and restaurant menus in recent years amid widespread agreement about the risks they pose to public health.
Still, experts say the substance lingers in an array of processed foods, from packaged cookies to ready-made frostings, and that even though Americans might only eat small amounts in any product, it can add up to troubling consumption over time.
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