In the 1990s, Harvard studies showed that it was not saturated fat that caused heart disease, but actually trans fats that had been recommended since the 1950s!
This past spring, the FDA announced a plan to ban use of trans fats, reporting that they are not “generally recognized as safe” for human consumption.
England may be following suit, as they are considering a total ban. Experts report that a total ban could potentially prevent or postpone approximately 7,200 deaths related to coronary heart disease over the next five years.
A total ban is feasible, and experts are now calling for decisive action. Researchers have evaluated three policy options: 1) a total ban on trans fatty acids in processed foods; 2) improved food labeling; and 3) a ban on trans fatty acids in restaurants and fast food places.