Bye bye trans fats — the FDA finally lowers the hammer

Trans fats, which unfortunately Americans have been eating for the past half century or so, are finally being banned from U.S. foods. The Food and Drug Administration finally has set a deadline for the complete elimination of partially hydrogenated oils, the main source of trans fats in our diets, from things like cake frosting, microwave popcorn, cakes, cookies and other things we used to think tasted good.

Bye bye trans fafts. Maybe now movie popcorn will get healthier.
Bye bye trans fafts. Maybe now movie popcorn will get healthier.

I say finally because this has been a long time coming. I blogged about it way back in 2013, not long after I started this blog. As I wrote then, “food makers and restaurants saw the writing on the trans fat walls long ago and have been phasing it out of most products.” Continue reading “Bye bye trans fats — the FDA finally lowers the hammer”

Trans fats going away…what about salt next?

Trans fats, which many say contribute to heart disease, are being banned from American processed and restaurant food, finally. But food makers and restaurants saw the writing on the trans fat walls long ago and have been phasing it out of most products.

That hasn’t stopped stories listing all the foods you may have trouble finding once the ban goes into effect (something still a way off).

Will movie popcorn be made differently now that trans fats are being banned? Microwave popcorn at home might be.
Will movie popcorn be made differently now that trans fats are being banned? Microwave popcorn at home might be.

Margarine will probably feel the biggest impact, ironic since I’m old enough to remember when healthcare professionals were telling us that margarine was healthier than butter. Continue reading “Trans fats going away…what about salt next?”

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