Trans fat has continued to be a talking point for years, as more restaurants and fast food chains are removing it from their menu, or significantly decreasing its use. According to a report by CNN, the World Health Organization (WHO) has made it its mission to eliminate artificial trans fats from the global food supply by 2023.
The WHO, which has already developed a step-by-step strategy called REPLACE to make this vision a reality, will be providing education to all countries on how to remove trans fats from their foods. The hope is to use REPLACE to entirely eradicate the use of trans fats.
Artificial trans fats, also known as trans fatty acids, are made through a process called hydrogenation – when vegetable oil hardens. These types of fats do not spoil as quickly as other fats, hence being used in many processed foods and baked goods. However, eating trans fats comes with its own risks, including raising levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol, and even increasing the risk of heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes.
Source: CNN Health