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The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced its plan to implement a worldwide elimination of trans fat.
Trans fat is a type of fat produced when vegetable oil solidifies. It is commonly found in processed food and baked goods. Doctors perceive trans fat as the worst kind of fat as it increases the body’s bad cholesterol and reduces good cholesterol at the same time.
Studies suggest that excessive consumption of food with high trans fat content may lead to the clogging of arteries, which raises the risk of stroke and heart attack. In fact, the WHO reported that roughly 500,000 cardiovascular disease-related deaths yearly are attributed to trans fat.
In hopes to eliminate trans fat by 2023, the WHO recently launched the guideline REPLACE, which stands for “Review, Promote, Legislate, Assess, Create, and Enforce.” This initiative entails the development of regulations on trans fat consumption and production.
Meanwhile, some health experts shared their views about this initiative.
According to Lynn James, a licensed dietitian at the Pennsylvania State University Extension, this initiative can make a big difference in improving a population’s health. She explained that cutting back on trans fatty food also means consuming less sodium and sugar. This reduces the risk of having health issues like coronary artery disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and type 2 diabetes.
In contrast, Stanford University medicine professor Christopher Gardner asserted that eliminating trans fat will only lead to finding another type of saturated fat as a replacement. Doing so will not guarantee that the replacement will be a healthier option.