The Food and Drug Administration has given your precious trans fats three years to live — because the only real way to increase the health of Americans is to force them by law. According to the New York Times, Tuesday’s decision was “final” and will entirely “remove industrial trans fats from the American diet by 2018.” The sweeping change will reportedly reduce the annual number of heart attacks by as much as 20,000 — ultimately saving as many as 7,000 lives per year.
“This is the final nail in the coffin of trans fats,” executive director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest Michael F. Jacobson said in a statement. ” I think eliminating trans fats is the single most important change to our food supply.” During its announcement, theFDA acknowledged that partially hydrogenated oils — the home of trans fats — are no longer “recognized as safe.”
The changeover process is estimated to cost roughly $6 billion, an inarguably large number but quite reasonable when viewed alongside the purported $140 billion that will be saved in various healthcare costs within two decidedly less fat decades.
source: complex.com BY TRACE WILLIAM COWEN