The FDA announced its preliminary determination that partially hydrogenated oils (the primary dietary source of artificial trans fat in processed foods) are not generally recognized as safe, ie: not on the GRAS list anymore. this is based on available scientific evidence. Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg, MD of the FDA said: “Further reduction in the amount of trans fat in the American diet could prevent and additional 20,000 heart attacks and 7000 deaths from heart disease each year.
The Independent Institute of Medicine concluded that trans fat provides no known health benefits and that there is no safe level of consumption. So please read your label. ANYTHING LABELED HYDROGENATED OR PARTIALLY-HYDROGENATED makes trans fats. You will see this in most processed foods, cooking oils, bakery items, fried foods, donuts, frozen pizza, coffee creamers, microwave popcorn, canned frosting and more. We’ve been saying how bad this is for you for years – now the FDA is finally considering getting on board!