FDA taking first steps to banning artificial trans fats

jonnythan Posts: 10,161 Member


The FDA is proposing removing artificial trans fat from the "generally recognized as safe" category. This would effectively ban their use in foods unless they could be scientifically established to be safe.

A couple of notes:

1) Some foods, such as beef, contain natural trans fats which appear not to have the same negative effects as artificial trans fats.
2) Trans fats are a type of unsaturated fat. Saturated fats are not trans fats.
3) Fully hydrogenated oil are saturated fats and not trans fats. Partially hydrogenated oils are where artificial trans fat comes from.