What is Trans Fat?
Trans fat is essentially vegetable oil with added hydrogen, which makes it more solid. This type of fat has long been estimated to be the worst type for the human heart. These types of fats have been used to improve flavor, increase shelf life and change textures of foods, but are now banned by law. In November of 2013, the FDA announced its plan to completely ban these types of fats from all foods.
The announcement did not come as a surprise, considering the sharp decline in use of trans fatty acids over the past several years. Many companies had already stopped using them and were not majorly affected by the change. The FDA said it would create a timeline for the phase out so that markets would not be disrupted.
What the FDA is Doing About it
This type of fat has long been known to raise cholesterol, which increases the risk of heart disease. Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the U.S. By banning trans fat from all foods, the FDA stated they believed that over 20,000 heart attacks would be avoided in one year and the number of deaths from heart disease would decline by about 7,000.
While many larger restaurants had already discontinued their use of trans fatty acids, smaller chains had to figure out a substitute. Most food distributors had also discontinued or at least greatly reduced their use, but certain products in the grocery store still carried these dangerous fats. Things like icing, frozen pizzas and refrigerated dough were all sources, from which Americans were still consuming various amounts of trans fat per day.
How You Can Make Similar Changes
While the FDA can control what substances are in the food on the shelves of grocery stores, it cannot control what you choose to consume on a daily basis. There are so many more unhealthy ingredients in our food than just trans fats and we each are personally responsible for how we take care of our bodies. Wellworks For You encourages you to take a good look at your eating habits and allow yourself to give an honest analyzation. For every person, positive change will take on different forms but many of us could benefit from simple changes such as: reducing the amount of refined and processed foods we eat, consuming more fresh fruits and vegetables and limiting our portion sizes.
For more information about ways you can make personal changes that lead to overall wellness in your life, contact Wellworks For You today.