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FDA removing all trans fats from food

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The F-D-A is shaking up Americans' diet tonight with a bold announcement.

The F-D-A announced today that it is launching a new initiative to remove ALL remaining trans fats from our foods. The majority of trans fats are man-made, created when chemicals are added to a liquid oil to turn it into a solid.

They are often added to foods to increase the shelf life of the food, but that comes at a big price to your health.

The Lowndes County District Health Director, Dr. William R. Grow, said "Trans fats, as opposed to cholesterol in beef, will actually lower the good cholesterol. So, not only are you raising the bad cholesterol, you're lowering the good cholesterol by eating trans fats."

Grow also says the F-D-A has been working to reduce the amount of trans fat in foods for the last 10 to 15 years, adding that today, there is roughly 70 to 80 percent less trans fat in our foods than 10 or 15 years ago.

Most trans fats are man-made, created when chemicals are added to a liquid oil to turn it into a solid.

The easiest way to avoid trans fats, Grow said, is to simply read the food labels when you go to the store.

 

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