WHO Plans to Eliminate Trans Fat by 2023

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has set an ambitious goal to cut the worldwide rate of premature deaths from non-communicable diseases by one-third by 2030. As part of this effort, the WHO just released “REPLACE,” a step-by-step guide for eliminating unhealthy trans fatty acids from industrially-produced foods in the global food supply. The UN agency estimates that trans fat contributes to more than 500,000 deaths each year from heart disease.

The REPLACE program involves these six actions:

  1. RE view dietary sources of industrially-produced trans fats.

  2. P romote the replacement these trans fats with healthier fats and oils.

  3. L egislate or enact regulations to eliminate industrially-produced trans fats.

  4. A ssess and monitor trans fats in food and changes in trans fat consumption.

  5. C reate awareness about the negative health effects of trans fats.

  6. E nforce compliance of new and existing policies and regulations.

Industrially-produced trans fats – found in hardened (partially hydrogenated) vegetable fats – are commonly used in prepared items like snack foods and baked and fried foods, because they have a longer shelf life than other types of fat. But healthier alternatives that do not affect taste or cost are available, and removing unhealthy trans fats from the food supply throughout the world is a primary goal of the organization.

Sourced from: WHO