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FDA looking to potentially ban trans fat from foods
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the US. That's one of the reason's why the Food and Drug Administration is looking to potentially ban trans fats from food.
If the ban is approved then trans fats would be considered food additives and could not be used in foods without approval. Foods with unapproved additives cannot legally be sold.
Trans fats are partially hydrogenated oil that is formed when hydrogen is added to liquids to make solid fats. It helps increase shelf life and flavor to foods.
It's found not only in microwave popcorn but desserts, frozen pizza, margarine, and coffee creamer.
Leah Roberts says, "They are actually known or a lot of times called the double whammy which is where it's increasing your LDL or your bad cholesterol while decreasing your HDL or your good cholesterol."
Many food manufacturers have already taken steps to eliminate trans fats from their products.
In 2007 the city of New York banned the use of hydrated vegetable oil in restaurants. And chain restaurants like McDonalds are already trans fat free.
Many say banning trans fats is a good step towards national health.
Barbara Wade says, "It's kind of like cigarettes and alcohol people say it's my business but we're all paying the health care for the people who bring about their own illnesses because they don't take care of themselves."
The centers for disease control says banning trans fats could could prevent 10 to 20 thousand heart attacks a year.
"One way we can reduce the trans fat intake is to increase our snacking on things like fruits and vegetables and whole grains that would naturally be trans fat free."
While most people we spoke with say this is a good first step they think the FDA should go further.
Keith Gaudet says, "I don't think they are going far enough there is monoglycerides and diglycerides that are just as potentially harmful to you."
"If you're ever concerned that your food could contain trans fat you can always flip the item over and look at the nutrition facts label.