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Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

World Health Organization aims to wipe out trans fats worldwide

World Health Organization aims to wipe out trans fats worldwide

However, more action is needed in low- and middle-income countries where regulation of industrially made trans fat is often weak, the World Health Organization argues. The fast-food industry relied heavily on trans fats to help improve the firmness, plasticity and shelf life of products such as bread, doughnuts, cookies, cakes and pastries.

"Diets high in trans fat increase heart disease risk by 21 percent and deaths by 28 percent", World Health Organization said.

LDL is described as the bad cholesterol because it contributes to fatty buildups in arteries.

It is an artificial oil commonly called trans fat.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus scheduled a Monday news conference in Geneva to discuss the topic, meanwhile, taking a page from how the group campaigned against infectious diseases years earlier.

The World Health Organisation is pushing for the ban of Trans Fats which it says have been responsible for thousands of cardiovascular complications.

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India has recognised the importance of generating awareness about trans fats and gradually reducing them in food supply.

Trans fats are unsaturated fatty acids with at least one double bond in the "trans" position unlike unsaturated fatty acids synthesized by the body with double bonds in the "cis" position. Science has reasons to believe that high consumption of trans fats could increase insulin resistance and increase the risk of diabetes.

Eliminating trans fats is key to protecting health and saving lives: WHO estimates that every year, trans fat intake leads to more than 500,000 deaths of people from cardiovascular disease.

Assess and monitor trans-fats content in the food supply and changes in how people consume trans-fats. Numerous fats are found in foods produced by local producers.

Heart attacks and strokes fell by more than 6 percent three years after some NY counties banned trans fats, researchers reported last year. They occur naturally in small amounts in meat and dairy, but they are also created by adding hydrogen to vegetable oil to make it solid.

The initiative, launched May 14, will offer countries across the globe guidance on how to remove these artificial fats from their food, with an ultimate goal of worldwide eradication. They help give foods a desirable taste and texture. The main difference is that the fight against tobacco took decades (you could really argue it's not even over today), whereas the plan is to end trans fats within half a decade.

The WHO plan is only targeting industrially produced trans fats. Thailand is also expected to issue a ban in the coming weeks. Furthermore, cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a major cause of death in Australia, with 43,963 deaths attributed to CVD in Australia in 2016 with major risk factors being high cholesterol and carrying extra weight.

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