World Health Organization calls for worldwide ban on trans-fats

WHO Calls for Worldwide Elimination of Trans Fats by 2023

Media Outlets Continue Coverage Of WHO's Plan To Eliminate Trans Fats From Global Food Supply By 2023

Dr M.S.S. Mukharjee, senior cardiologist, said, "Trans fats are produced when oil is repeatedly heated".

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 plan has been called REPLACE, an acronym for the steps involved, and targeted at governments worldwide.

However, according to World Health Organization, several high-income countries have virtually eliminated industrially-produced trans fats through legally imposed limits on the amount that can be contained in packaged food, or implemented nationwide bans on partially hydrogenated oils.

Why Are Trans Fats Harmful?

Legislate or enact regulatory actions to eliminate industrially-produced trans fats.

"In South Asian countries, they have very, very high risk of heart disease and high intakes of trans fats", Dr. Francesco Branca, director of the Nutrition for Health Department at the WHO, emphasized in his statement.

Trans fat is considered by many doctors as the worst type of fat one can consume.

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Enforce compliance of policies and regulations.

The agency estimates that every year trans-fat intake leads to more than 500,000 deaths from cardiovascular disease. Food manufacturers supplying US consumers are expected to have changed their production processes to reduce trans fat use to negligible levels by next month.

Back in the 1970s, Dr. Willett was one of the first researchers to sound the alarm about trans fats, a stance that earned him scorn from the food industry and even fellow nutritionists. Seemingly though, medical experts are of the view that healthier product substitutes that will not affect the food tastes or costs can be effectively utilized in their place.

The International Food & Beverage Alliance (IFBA) has thrown its support behind REPLACE. "While we can not estimate a percentage of products on store shelves that will be free of PHOs on June 19, 2018, we are confident that over the past three years, manufacturers have taken appropriate steps to reformulate products if and as necessary", an FDA spokesperson told Newsweek.

Reportedly, some of the countries across the globe have banned the use of partially hydrogenated oils, which are the key sources of trans-fats. These fats are created by adding hydrogen to vegetable oil, converting liquid fats to a solid at room temperature.

In Denmark, the first country to mandate restrictions on industrially-produced trans fats, the trans fat content of food products declined dramatically and cardiovascular disease deaths declined more quickly than in comparable OECD countries.

"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 Frieden, president of Resolve to Save Lives, a New-York-based project of an organization called Vital Strategies. In India, that number is pegged at about 60,000 deaths, said Tom Frieden, former Head of the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention told Business Line, speaking from Geneva.

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