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Trans fat to be banned from all foods by 2023

The World Health Organisation has called for trans fat to be eliminated from all foods by 2023. But just what is trans fat and why has it become public enemy number one? We answer all your questions.

Trans fat to be banned from all foods by 2023
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The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared war against trans fat by releasing a set of guidelines to eventually eliminate this unhealthy ingredient by 2023.

The effort is meant to be a low-cost way for developing countries to reduce the high number of deaths from cardiovascular diseases, which has been linked to trans fat.

Learn more about this unhealthy fat and how you can avoid it.

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What is trans fat?
What is trans fat?
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It’s an unsaturated fat that occurs at very low levels in some meat and dairy.

However, it’s artificial trans fat, also known as trans fatty acids, that is a cause for concern.

It’s formed through an industrial process called hydrogenation, which is when hydrogen is added to vegetable oil so it becomes solid at room temperature.

It became a popular ingredient when it was first developed as it was less likely to spoil, ensuring that foods with trans fat in them have a longer shelf life.



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