The World Health Organization has announced their plan to eliminate trans fat globally by 2023.
Trans fat, which is often found in partially hydrogenated vegetable oil, as well as meat and dairy products, is fat that raises your “bad” cholesterol (LDL) and lowers your “good” cholesterol (HDL), according to Mayo Clinic. Trans fat has been found to increase the risk of heart attacks, type 2 diabetes, and stroke.
The WHO has announced an initiative to eliminate trans fat from the global food supply by 2023, which could reportedly save over 10 million lives by helping reduce heart disease rates. The WHO has partnered with nonprofit Resolve To Save Lives, according to Vox.
“If the world replaces trans fats, people won’t taste the difference, food won’t cost more, but your heart will know the difference,” Dr. Thomas Frieden, Resolve To Save Lives’ president, told The New York Times.
The WHO has called for public comments on a draft of its guidelines for trans fat intake, with the online public consultation open until June 1.
If you’d like to contribute comments to the WHO’s guidelines, you can participate here!
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