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Cheap Trans Fats Are Costing Lives

Scientists have known about the dangers of trans fats for 25 years, yet millions of people still consume dangerously high amounts.   It is found in cakes, biscuits, margarines, pastries, fried and fast foods.


In 2003 Denmark led the way with a trans-fat ban.  Since then 20 other countries have followed suit.  Other countries including the US, Australia, and Canada, still allow trans fats provided the labelling is clear.   This only protects those who take the time to read food labels and doesn’t cover restaurant meals.


The US has now decided on a total ban by 2018, a move that will prevent 20,000 heart attacks and 7,000 deaths every year. The complete elimination of trans fats globally would save millions of lives.  But, the increase cost of providing healthy food is more a concern for the food industry than saving lives.


Denmark shouldn’t be the only place where the Danish pastries are safe to eat.


Terry Pfau DO, HMD

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