World Health Organization wants to eradicate trans fat

World Health Organization wants to eradicate trans fat

Recently WHO floated a scheme called REPLACE that will offer instruction for all countries on how to eliminate artificial trans fats from their foods, probably causing global suppression. The World Health Organization said trans-fats contributed to the deaths of a half million people many of those in low and middle income countries.

The trans fats have recently been identified as the cause of heart attacks and strokes, an increased risk for Type 2 diabetes and infertility in women. Reportedly, some of the countries across the globe have banned the use of partially hydrogenated oils, which are the key sources of trans-fats.

Already, studies of places like New York City, Baltimore and California, where trans fats were already banned, have shown decreases in rates of bad cholesterol and related health problems. He further stated that implementing the six strategies in the REPLACE plan will help in eliminating the prevalence of trans-fat, thereby signifying a pivotal victory for WHO's initiative to combat cardiovascular ailments.

'The world is now setting its sights on today's leading killers - particularly heart disease, which kills more people than any other cause in nearly every country, ' said Dr Frieden, president of a New-York-based project called Resolve to Save Lives.

Legislate: enact laws, or take regulatory action, to eliminate industrially produced trans fatty acids.

A representative for The Grocery Manufacturers Association, which represents more than 250 food, beverage and consumer product companies in Washington D.C. said they back the World Health Organization's plan and have reduced trans fat use by 98 percent.

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REPLACE urges countries to assess and monitor trans fats consumption, establish laws to stamp out trans fats and raises awareness of their risk. "But healthier alternatives can be used that would not affect taste or cost of food", The global health body said in the statement.

The method of cooking leads to trans fats in one's food and experts have suggested keeping a check on the same.

REview dietary sources of industrially-produced trans fats and the landscape for required policy change.

Willett, who was an early voice in the fight against trans fats, further explains that the low cost of a full transition to much healthier fats when taken into account the vast payoff of the move should make the idea a no-brainer. New York, following Denmark's lead eliminated TFA about 10 years ago.

"Trans fat is an unnecessary toxic chemical that kills, and there's no reason people around the world should continue to be exposed". The country has witnessed improvement in the citizens' health and a reduction in deaths by way of cardiovascular disease.

He's right. Various studies have shown that both the bans in NY and Denmark noticeably reduced the rate of death from heart disease in just three years.

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