Eliminating trans fats from foods

Many manufacturers and restaurants are saying goodbye to it all together.  Now the Food and Drug Administration is on a mission to ban trans fat from all foods in the US.

Local cardiologist Dr. Joseph Imsais of The Austin Diagnostic Clinic joined KXAN on behalf of St. David’s Health Care to explain the impact this would have on our daily lives.

According to Dr. Imsais trans fats are bad for you because not only do they lower your ‘good cholesterol’ , they also raise your bad cholesterol at the same time. If you consume a lot of trans fats foods, this can increase your chance of heart attacks.

“We believe that by getting rid of trans fats from the market, will cut the number of heart attacks by 20,000 a year and deaths by at least 7000 a year.”

Dr. Imsais also stated that  a lot of countries in Europe have already banned trans fats.  He said, ” It will be interesting to see what manufacturers of food do with food products after this.  Using other other alternatives to cook.”  He notes that we have many choices at home for alternatives to trans fats including:

  • Canola oil
  • Soybean oil
  • Palm oil
  • Cottonseed oil

Ultimately it is up to the consumer to decide what they put inside of their mouths and bodies.  Elimination may take several years for trans fats to be completely removed from all foods.

Examples of trans fats foods are:

  • Microwave popcorn
  • Frosting
  • Pie crust, desserts, snack foods
  • Pizzas
  • Fast food