Trans-fats are bad and there’s no room for debate on the topic. They put us at risk for heart disease, memory loss, obesity and the list can go on. The only good thing they do is enhance the taste of foods and make them last for longer, which is beneficial only from a commercial standpoint. Although measures have been taken to cut off trans-fats from most foods, the food industry is presently asking the Food and Drug Administration to approve continued use of trans-fats in some consumer products, ranging from cookies, to pie crust mixes and marinated artichoke hearts.
The Obama administration has already been very upfront with the decision to give up trans-fats, although this may lead to a decline in revenues for the entire food market. Trans-fats ensure freshness, although at a very chemical, synthetic, unhealthy level. Well, this is the contrary of freshness, if we come to think about it.
Partially hydrogenated oils are not generally recognized as safe and the food industry was given a three years’ time to remove or seek regulatory approval for any uses it aims to continue.
The Grocery Manufacturers Association submitted a petition seeking for approval for the continued use of trans-fats in at least 50 product categories, which seems huge. This can be translated in a whole range of foods which are supposed to provide us with nutrients. An individual most of the times fails to ingest 50 product categories of foods, so what the GMA asks is scandalous, as that means complete ignorance over the previous governmental decision.
The recent petition suggests the allowance of various levels of trans-fat uses, with new limits varying from 0.1 grams of trans-fatty acids per 100 grams of product for protein drinks. They ask for approval in terms of 06 grams of trans fats per 100 grams in marinated artichoke hearts and pancakes combos to three grams trans fatty acid per 100 grams for shortening. They also ask for approval for low-level uses of partially hydrogenated oils as a carrier of flavors and colors and as an incidental additive or processing aid, according to an extract from the petition.
Although the food industry is trying to extract their fair share of benefits from the new regulation, complete ban on trans fats is needed. They fail to provide any degree of benefit for our health and instead they harm our bodies and our minds. However, as it has been stated, the requests will most likely fail to go well with health advocates who have pushed hard at the local and federal level to eliminate the poisonous additives.
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