can't we eat biscuits, bread, cakes, pizza or chips anymore? the world health organization (who) plans to phase out trans-fatty acids of industrial production in the global food supply to ensure that artificial trans fats are banned globally by 2023.
the who estimates that more than half a million people die from cardiovascular disease each year caused by trans fats. dr. tam deshaies, the who secretary-general said, “we've developed the replace strategy, specifically for the projects in order to timely, comprehensively, and permanently stop the usage of trans fatty acids in industrial production, and we believe it will be beneficial to the global prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease."
are cake and biscuits still safe to eat? should we try not to eat even beef and mutton? deng zeyuan, the trans fatty acid research project expert of national health and family planning commission brings his authoritative answers.
the strategy will not only carry out the further screening specifications for food raw material but also put forward higher requirements on food processing, disabling hydrogenated vegetable oil, cocoa butter, and etc., which contain trans fatty acids in the process of production. the processing technology of future vegetable oil will be more perfect. for people who like to eat cakes and biscuits, remember that natural butter is a good alternative. natural trans fats are excluded in the who's ban because the structure of trans fatty acids in beef and mutton and its products is different from that of industrial production. existing studies suggest that the trans-fatty acids in beef and mutton milk and their products are not harmful to humans.