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Heart enemy food number one, soon to be phased out
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When was the last time you decide to take the right side of the street when it comes to your daily nutrition habits? Or if you’re already taking good care of everything that reaches your stomach, have you lately committed a sin, reaching for frozen pizza or doughnut? When it comes to trans artificial fats it’s maybe better to think twice before committing eating sin. Trans fats could be easily recognized as heart enemy food number one.

Artery-clogging ingredient

Artificial trans fats are a type of unsaturated fat, which is uncommon in nature but can be easily created artificially. Consumption of trans fats, when it comes to humans, increases the risk of coronary heart disease, the most common type of heart disease and cause of heart attacks, by both raising bad cholesterol levels (LDL) and lowering good cholesterol (HDL). With all the stress you sometimes just have to face, if want to succeed in business; another heart attack trigger is something you most likely would want to avoid. The easiest way to do that is just simply avoiding food that contains this artery-clogging ingredient. Trans fats are often used to enhance the flavor, texture, and shelf life of many processed foods, foods like cookies, crackers, frozen pizzas, margarines, and coffee creamers, as well as fried foods like French fries and doughnuts.

The way to get rid of Heart enemy food number one

The Food and Drug Administration has decided to interfere, it would require food makers to gradually phase out artificial trans fats. So if the brand new plan works out, you wouldn’t have to worry anymore if you’re eating this artery-clogging ingredient. When they accomplish their goal, there won’t be any more food containing it on the market. Apparently this brand new plan could potentially prevent 20,000 heart attacks a year and 7,000 deaths when it comes to FDA commissioner Margaret Hamburg. Removing trans fats from the list of substances "generally recognized as safe" in food, won’t take place over a night. The FDA will first collect public comments for just opened period of 60 days.

Besides being harmful for your health, artificial trans fats are something completely unnecessary for your body. Even though FDA would like to take them away from the market as soon as possible, they were thinking about consumers and producers. Michael Taylor, FDA's deputy commissioner for foods, pointed out that they want to do it in a way which won’t excessively disrupt markets.

The need for plan like this was recognized some time ago, already in 2006 the FDA started requiring food manufacturers to include trans fats on nutritional labels. In 2007, New York City showed that it was always a city step ahead of any other and banned trans fats from restaurants, since then, at least 15 states and localities have followed suit and banned trans fats. Even McDonald’s switched to zero-trans fat cooking oil in its iconic French fries in 2008, together with more than 10 other fast food chain restaurants. Before artificial trans fats become forbidden on the market you can make healthy choices by checking trans fat levels on the nutrition facts panel on the back of processed food packages.

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