WHO Calls for Elimination of Trans Fat in Foods by 2023

For decades consumers listened to a mantra advising them to ditch saturated fats in all forms in favor of artificial fats made from hydrogenated vegetable oils. So, from coffee creamers to fried foods to margarine and more, these fats — aka “trans fats” — predominated trusting consumers’ diets, until slowly but surely science figured out that trans fats not only are NOT healthy, but actually contribute to heart disease, diabetes and other devastating illnesses like cancer.

In 2015 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finally recognized this, and graded trans fats as no longer safe, sending processed food companies in a scramble to meet a 2018 deadline the FDA set for removing trans fats from their foods. Now, CNN reports that the World Health Organization has joined in, calling for total elimination of trans fats from the world’s food supply by 2023.

It’s been a long six decades as health officials wrongly vilified saturated fats and cholesterol as the culprits of heart disease. It’s seemed excruciatingly longer as research repeatedly identified refined carbs, sugar and trans fats found in processed foods as the real enemy — in fact the first scientific evidence linking trans fats to heart disease, exonerating saturated fats, was published in 1957.

Unfortunately, this research was overshadowed by biased, cherry-picked data that embraced hydrogenated fats and sugar while condemning whole foods with healthy, real, saturated fats in them. And, even though the evidence is clear that saturated fats are not guilty of anything but helping your body run better, the American Heart Association (AHA) as late as a year ago still was recommending that we replace butter and coconut oil with margarine and vegetable oils as a protection against heart disease.

Why the AHA stubbornly insists on making dietary recommendations based on outmoded and warped “research” is beyond me, but at least the WHO and FDA are waking up to the fact that the trans fats policies of decades past have probably killed millions.

So, what should you be eating? Robust studies show that high intakes of healthy fats — especially saturated fats — boost health and longevity, and that a low-fructose diet significantly reduces liver fat. My free nutrition plan and my book, “Fat for Fuel,” explain the details of why whole, grass fed meats, butter, avocados, coconut oil, olive oil and more can help you literally burn fat for fuel. In short, while the largest portion are your plate should still be vegetables, the latest science recommends that healthy fats should comprise anywhere from 50 to 85 percent of your overall energy intake.
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