The FDA recently took a decision to ban trans-fats from the list of ingredients for all foods. It revoked the additive’s recognized “safe” status. From now on, manufacturers will have three years to cut them.
However, the leaders in the industry that respect their consumers have been dropping those down for a while. Trans fatty acids can now be found in a limited set of products only, usually the most affordable ones.
Recent study reveals that trans fatty acids mess up our memory, together with our cholesterol levels. People who ate high levels performed poorly on a memory test that involved word recall.
The differences in results compared to people who ate better foods were striking. Each gram of trans fats eaten per day was associated with 12 to 21 fewer words recalled, out of an average score of 86. So in other words, trans-fatty acids must simply disappear from our daily nutrition habits and it’s the least the government can do to encourage healthier eating.
It has been a long road to getting from the first initiative to the final FDA decision. Trans fats have always been dangerous and unnecessary but only now the government regulates their use.
These additives are not necessary to make food tasty but become solid at room temperature and have longer shelf lives. It is purely business considerations. Unfortunately, the consequences have already translated in worrying health problems as malfunctions in the cardiovascular systems.
Health advocates say that trans fats are the worst food you can eat, as it lowers all that is good in cholesterol and increases bad cholesterol, encouraging heart diseases and more recently discovered, lowers memory.
Trans fats also increase inflammation and challenge the hormone production, which is a piece of the puzzle in the association between trans fats and memory. These substances not only fail to provide the necessary nutrients to feed us, they do the opposite by making functions degrade. Malfunctions in the heart and in the brain sound serious and they are surely not supposed to come from the food we eat, primarily aimed at keeping us alive and refreshed.
The recent findings related to the adverse effects of the dietary trans fatty acids on cognitive functions are a theme that is worth a greater importance, if not for industries that have sales strategies to follow, at least for those of us who are mass consumers and can avoid to choose to leave them poison our diets.
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