Proposal to revoke GRAS status for PARTIALLY HYDROGENATED OILSMANY of you have heard me or my dietitian colleagues say: "avoid trans fats" and/or "read your food labels and avoid the term partially hydrogenated" in no uncertain terms. For some time now the World Health Organization has recommended avoiding trans fats. Yet the FDA and USDA have used terms like "limit" trans fatty acids. Additionally a claim of "0 trans fats per serving" has been allowed on products that actually contain trans fats (up to .49 gram of trans fat per serving.)
Many things in our food supply are gross yet safe, like rodent hair in hot dogs, but this is actually harmful.
Trans Fats fats lower HDL (good cholesterol) but raise total cholesterol and LDL (bad cholesterol)
Well hooray, the FDA has taken the step to revoking the GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) designation from partially hydrogenated oils. In my world this is HUGE! and I am glad they have caught up to science. FDA press release here
A 60 day public comment period is open!
Here is the link to submit online comments. Please read a little about it and make your voice known.
cheap stick margarine
some desserts - like the cakes in grocery bakeries & some frozen items
biscuit mixes, breaders, and similar products
products from smaller companies (One of my most loved food companies still uses trans fats in their mixes because of cost. I hate it for them, but Trans Fatty Acids /Partially Hydrogenated Oils have got to go)
Deep frying generates trans fats in the frying oil.As oil degrades through the cooking process trans fats and other harmful compounds are formed. The older and dirtier the oil the more of these compounds will be present in the fat and also in the food cooked in it. A recent study with human subjects resulted in a positive association of deep fried food and prostate cancer risk.
If you have a fried food habit seriously re-consider how much fried food you eat. If you are going to eat fried food anyway smell your restaurant! If it smells like old grease don't eat there. It is a first step.
If you have read this far I am authorized to offer a buy one get one free admission to the Whole Grain Holidays Cooking Demo & Nutrition Class this Tuesday 11-12-2013 at Let's Cook. This class was planned in honor of National Diabetes Month but the menu is plant based and full of health promoting foods. You get to eat, be social, take home information and maybe even some food. All you have to do is click here to register and pay then send me an email with your name and the name of your plus one. That's $35 for 2 people, such a deal! This offer good til Sunday 11-10-2013 at noon. I do have a minimum to hold a class so tell a friend.
In order of appearance: Photos courtesy of Stuart Miles, mrsiraphol, and koko-tewan at freedigitalphotos.net