FDA Bans Trans Fats

Food and Drug Admin. Takes Steps to Get Rid of Trans Fat — Hooray!

Yes! It’s about time. As I’m sure you’re aware, the Food and Drug Administration took a big step this week toward potentially getting rid of most trans fat from out food supply, saying it has made a preliminary determination that a major source of trans fats  —  partially hydrogenated oils — is no longer "generally recognized as safe."

If the preliminary determination is finalized, according to the FDA, then partially hydrogenated oils will become food additives that could not be used in food without approval.  

Trans fat can be found in processed foods including desserts, microwave products (like popcorn!) , frozen pizza, margarine and coffee creamer, and has been linked to an increased risk of heart disease.

Trans fat, which basically, in a nut shell, is NOT good for you — its assets include increasing the shelf life and flavor of foods. I don’t think trans fats do much for our  body’s shelf life, do you?

Don’t get me wrong, we do need fats and by putting healthy fats on your plate, you’re helping nourish every structure and function of the body, including your brain. Healthy fats also help you absorb nutrients more efficiently and keep you feeling full.

The Key? You have to pick the right ones, including those from sources such as avocados, olives, butter and ghee. Coconuts fats and certain nuts and nut butters are also excellent sources.

I cover the topic in my most recent book, Paleo Cookbook for Dummies (Wiley, 2013).

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