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FDA Working to Ban Trans Fats
Written by Phyllis Smith
Last updated on November 08, 2013 @ 7:07PM
Created on November 08, 2013 @ 4:17PM

The FDA is making some pretty big changes when it comes to our food. The organization is getting ready to ban trans fat, eventually getting rid of it all together in a few years.

They're hoping that by banning the artery clogging substance, it could help prevent heart attacks.

This week, the FDA acknowledged for the first time that trans fats are unsafe. Since 2006, the FDA has required foods to list the amount of trans fat in them. Now, they're taking steps toward banning it from processed foods.

Trans fats are used in a number of foods to help them have a longer shelf life and preserve flavor. They've been linked with increasing cholesterol, along with increasing the risk for diabetes or a stroke.

While the FDA said Americans have gotten better at staying away from them, they think getting rid of trans fat is the next step to keeping America healthy. Many food companies are creating replacements for the change.

Anytime Fitness owner Matt McCullough said, "They might recognize a difference in the way the food tastes, but like anything else, people will adapt. People will be better for it."

One woman said she thinks that while we all need to watch what we eat, this is taking it too far.

Upshur County resident Sherry Powers said, "I think we all need to watch what we eat, there's no doubt about that. I don't think it's the government's place to tell people what they can eat, what they can't eat. I think that should be everybody's choice. I'm just really tired of the government interfering with every aspect of our lives."

The FDA said any ban would probably be a gradual process. Full compliance with the ban would be in a few years.

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