Complete ban of trans fats in foods will take time
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(KTNV) -- The Food and Drug Administration announced a ban on trans fats on Thursday and that will affect a lot of food that people eat.
Trans fats are used in baked goods, microwave popcorn and fried foods.
Manufactures have already eliminated many trans fats because of criticism from the medical community but now the FDA wants to get rid of the rest.
Of course, it won't happen right away. The FDA will be collecting information before it determines a phase-out timetable. It all depends on how long it will take to find viable substitutes.
Trans fats can raise levels of "bad" cholesterol and lower "good" cholesterol, increase the risk of heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States.
Trans fats are used in foods to improve texture, shelf life and the flavor of foods.
They are also used by restaurants for frying.
The FDA estimates that getting rid of trans fats will prevent 20,000 heart attacks and 7,000 deaths each year.