Trans Fat Removal from U.S. Food Supply
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rules that artificial trans fat – found in partially hydrogenated vegetable oils to extend shelf life in some food products and chain restaurant menu items – must be removed from all products over the next three years, according to NBCNews.com. Artificial trans fat increases the risk of heart disease. "In this case, it has become clear that what's good for extending shelf-life is not equally good for extending human life," says an FDA spokeswoman. While the agency estimates that 80 percent of trans fat has already been removed, there is still a ways to go. Liquid cooking oils, such as canola oil, are healthy alternatives to sources of trans fat and saturated fat.