FDA’s ban on partially hydrogenated Oils becomes effective June 8, 2018 and no one is talking about it… WHY?

I’ve been researching for a book I’m writing called The Keto Notebook where I’m sharing all the information I’ve learned about The Low Carb High Fat Lifestyle to help people make the switch and gain all the health benefits which are available from this way of eating.

I kick the book off talking about how the Low Fat diet got started, looking at Ancel Key’s Seven Country Study and the theory Professor John Yudkin had presented around sugar at the same time, when a friend of mine knowing my interest on the topic sent me this article on Fred A. Kummerow, an Early Opponent of Trans Fats, Dies at 102.

It goes on to talk about this mans amazing career and how:

Finally, in 2015 — 58 years after Professor Kummerow published his findings — the F.D.A. ruled that trans fats were not considered safe and could no longer be added to food after June 18, 2018, unless a manufacturer could present convincing scientific evidence that a particular use was safe.

Dr. Willett estimated that the elimination of industrial trans fats will prevent 90,000 premature deaths a year.

Hold on… back up… WHAT!!! FDA bans trans fats effective June 8, 2018 and no one is talking about this. How is that possible?

So I went to the FDA site and sure enough here it is!

The FDA have given the food industry 3 years to modify their products and the “FDA encourages consumers seeking to reduce trans fat intake to check a food’s ingredient list to determine whether or not it contains partially hydrogenated oil.” 

So where’s the breaking news to alert the unsuspecting public so that they can decide if they want to stop eating it immediately? I did find this New York Times article from 2015, but there really isn’t anything being published recently and it’s all kind of been forgotten. Shouldn’t this be kept at the forefront of information so people know that the bag of chips they’re eating or ice-cream they’re enjoying with their child is dangerous beyond its calories?

I think it’s fair to say that people think if they can buy it on the self at the supermarket, or at their favourite fast food outlet, or even in their mayonnaise and margarine, that someone has checked it and it’s fit for human consumption.  Well someone did check it, and it’s not fit for human consumption.

Let’s not get into the fact that for 50 years we’ve been eating it, while all along the countless scientist who have been fighting their whole careers to get the truth out there, only to be ignored, and we the public unknowingly harming ourselves. And focus on the fact that we do know now and still no one is talking about it!

Doesn’t the public have a right to choose if they want to limit their chance of becoming a statistic like the other 90,000 premature deaths last year?

I live in Australia and when this ruling is implemented in America on June 8, 2018 nothing will change here. I’m certainly not going to wait for our government to step up and do the same thing. I want everyone to know now!

So what do you need to avoid you ask?

Well funny you should ask because the FDA listed some here on their site

Trans Fat

Most of the trans fat in the foods we eat is formed through a manufacturing process that adds hydrogen to vegetable oil, which converts the liquid into a solid fat at room temperature. This process is called hydrogenation.

Partially hydrogenated oils are the major source of artificial trans fats in the food supply. They are the most often used source of fat in commercial baked goods because they don’t spoil as quickly as other fats and have a longer shelf life.

Artificial trans fat can be found in many of the same foods as saturated fat, including:

  • Baked goods (cookies, cakes, pies, and crackers)
  • Ready-to-use frostings
  • Snack food (such as potato chips and microwave popcorn)
  • Fried food typically found in fast food restaurants (such as French fries, fried chicken, and doughnuts)
  • Refrigerated dough products (such as biscuits, cinnamon rolls, and frozen pizza)
  • Vegetable shortening
  • Stick margarine
  • Coffee creamer

Eating trans fat raises the level of LDL (“bad”) cholesterol in the blood. An elevated LDL cholesterol level in the blood increases your risk of developing heart disease, the leading cause of death in men and women in the U.S.

Removing PHOs from processed foods could prevent thousands of heart attacks and deaths each year. FDA has taken steps to remove artificial trans fats in processed foods. For more information, see Final Determination Regarding Partially Hydrogenated Oils (Removing Trans Fat).

So now you know!

Please share this with everyone because it is important, and as the FDA ruling says; this information will save 90,000 preventable deaths each year and that’s just in America.

Ellenie Georgiou