The FDA has released a statement saying that they will allow food companies three years to phase out artificial trans fat from their products. In a statement released on Tuesday, they say that partially hydrogenated oils are not “generally recognized as safe.” Partially hydrogenated oils, or PHOs, are the main source of trans fats found in foods.
According to a June 18 article in Time magazine by Alexandra Sifferlin, trans fats can be found in almost 40% of everyday foods found in grocery stores. This includes frozen pizzas and microwave popcorn.
“The FDA’s action on this major source of artificial trans fat demonstrates the agency’s commitment to the heart health of all Americans,” Dr. Stephen Ostroff, acting commissioner of the FDA, said in a statement.
According to an article in US News, trans fats have been found to be related to heart disease, and cause 50,000 fatal heart attacks each year, according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest. Consumption of trans fats, which are used by food manufacturers to improve texture and increase the shelf life of some foods, have also been found to raise cholesterol that lead to clogged arteries.
According to a June 16 article on NRN.com, trans fats can also lower levels of so-called “good cholesterol,” and has been found to increase risk of heart disease and strokes.