Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

WHO Calls for Worldwide Elimination of Trans Fats by 2023

WHO Calls for Worldwide Elimination of Trans Fats by 2023

WTO said Monday that trans fats used in fried foods, baked foods, among others may lead to more than 500,000 cardiovascular and heart disease deaths per year.

In the draft guidelines, open for public comments till June 1, the global health body defined the healthy intake of saturated and trans fats to prevent cardiovascular disease - reduce the intake of saturated fats to less than 10 per cent of your daily calorie count, it said. It's done primarily to extend the shelf-life of processed foods such as snacks and baked goods.

Dr. Tom Frieden, CEO of Resolve to Save Lives, has declared that NY has become the first state in the USA that has followed the footsteps of Denmark by eliminating trans-fats a decade ago.

According to the World Health Organization, action is needed in low and middle income countries, particularly in South Asia and Africa where controls of use of industrially-produced trans-fats are often weaker, to ensure that the benefits are felt equally around the world.

Former New York mayor and creator of the city's trans fat ban Michael Bloomberg likened the REPLACE plan to the highly-effective anti-tobacco campaigns that ran in the latter half of the 20th century. In 2004, Denmark became the first country to completely outlaw trans fats, and other countries have been getting on board more recently.

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Dr Ravi Shankar, senior gastroenterologist, said, "Trans fats are mainly found in fast foods and if they are consumed in higher quantities, they lead to premature death and accumulation of fats in one's blood vessels which can even lead to cerebral palsy". Overall, diets high in these fats increase heart disease risk rates by 21% and death rates by 28%, and they're also associated with an increased risk for Type 2 diabetes.

"It's a change in the food environment that's likely to have a significant impact on public health and does not require significant behavior change", New York University food scientist Marion Nestle told the Times.

According to the World Health Organization experts, there are two main sources for trans fats: natural sources (in dairy products and meat of ruminants such as cows and sheep) and industrially-produced sources (partially hydrogenated oils). The U.S. now has a ban in place going into effect next month. Denmark was the first country to mandate restrictions on industrially-produced trans-fats in 2004.

It's possible that within five years, a risky substance that increases death rates won't be in use anymore.

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