Trans Fat Free Initiative

 

On Nov. 7, 2013, the Food and Drug Administration announced its plan to ban the use of trans fat within the food industry. According to the FDA, banning trans fat could prevent 20,000 heart attacks and save 7,000 lives each year.

Although trans fat has been greatly limited within the past decade, trans fat can still be found in such foods as microwave popcorn, pie crusts, and several types of snack foods. More importantly, some restaurants continue to use oils containing trans fat, putting their customers at risk for serious health effects.

Since 2010, the Genesis Heart Institute has been asking restaurants to eliminate the use of trans fat. Even though some consumers believe trans fat oils enhance the flavor of favorite foods, consumption also can be related to weight gain, high blood pressure and heart disease.

There are two types of trans fat: industrial (man made) and naturally occurring. Eating is about moderation, and it's no different with trans fat. Manufactures are required by law to print on nutritional labels the amount of trans fat present in that food. This means that you can make informed decisions about the amount of trans fat you are putting into your body.

The Genesis Heart Institute continues to ask restaurants to eliminate foods using industrial trans fat or partially hydrogenated oils. Many restaurants have already started using alternative oils that maintain a great taste without all of the negative health effects. On this website you will find a directory of local restaurants that have pledged to eliminate trans fat and hydrogenated oils from their menu.

Even without the new FDA restrictions, studies have shown the reduction in the use of trans fat has helped Americans lower their cholesterol. Genesis hopes everyone keeps the trend going.

For more information on how trans fat impacts you, please contact the Genesis Heart Institute at: 563-421-3900.

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