So long, margarine: Artificial trans fat in foods may eventually become a thing of the past, Chief Medial Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports.
The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday took a first step toward potentially eliminating most trans fat from the 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. Foods with unapproved additives cannot legally be sold.
Trans fat can be found in processed foods including desserts, microwave popcorn products, frozen pizza, margarine and coffee creamer, and has been linked to an increased risk of heart disease.
Dr. Roshini Raj explains why products include trans fat in the first place. Raj says, “They help manufacturers keep their food on the shelves longer, they’re adding hydrogen…but they’re going to have to make some changes and that’s going to be tough on the food industry and I think that’s story we’re going to be hearing about.”
Consumer Spending Analyst Hitha Prabhakar adds, “A lot of these companies have been trying to transition from the trans fat but it’s going to take a lot of man power and depending on the company, that price may be transferred to the customer.”
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