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FDA to Ban Artery-Clogging Trans Fats

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What would movie night be without a little microwave popcorn? According to the FDA, a lot healthier. Microwave popcorn is notorious for being packed with trans fats. In fact a lot of manufactured and processed foods use trans fats. And Thursday the FDA called for a complete ban on trans fats in the American diet.

"Trans fats give food characteristics that we like," says registered dietician Karen Fisher. You find it in margarine and salad dressings and it's what makes frozen pie crust flaky."

But it's also considered a health concern. The American Heart Association has been saying for years that no amount of transfat fat is safe. It's known to clog arteries and to lead to heart attacks, heart disease and stroke.

THe FDA is now on board with that.

"We could save as many as 7,000 lives a year and we could prevent as many as 20,000 heart attacks," says Dr. Margaret Hamburg who is an FDA Commissioner. "We feel this is an important step to take."

There are alternative oils that be substituted for transfats and the FDA is hoping food manufacturers will move that way voluntarily. They plan to take comments for 60 days and then set a timeline to phase out trans fats completely.

Written by Erin Breen  

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