WHO Wish to Remove Trans Fats within the Next Five Years

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WHO Wish to Remove Trans Fats within the Next Five Years

There may be something in your food that you cannot see and cannot taste. But it could be killing you. It is artificial oil commonly called Trans fat. “Trans fat is a toxic chemical that has been added to our food supply and accounts for an estimated more than 500,000 deaths every year.”

On Monday, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced a plan to help countries remove Trans fats from the world’s food supply within the next five years.

“This is the first time there has ever been an elimination program to get rid of — not an infectious disease like polio or smallpox — but a non-communicable disease, in this case, the risk factor for heart attacks that trans fat causes. This is an unprecedented move. And it’s really important that government and communities around the world replace artificial trans fats with healthier oils.”

Trans fat is tasteless. It’s solid at room temperature, but it’s also solid at body temperature in your coronary arteries.”

The World Health Organization is urging governments of low- and middle-income countries to do the same. Experts at the WHO say that three-quarters of the world’s deaths from cardiovascular disease happen in low- and middle-income countries.

Where trans fats have been banned, heart attacks and deaths from heart disease have dropped greatly. The WHO plan calls on governments to take specific steps. They include replacing trans fats with healthier oils such as olive oil, creating public awareness of the harms of trans fats, and enforcing anti-trans fat policies and laws.

If people stop eating products made with trans fats, more than 17 million lives could be saved over the next 25 years. Also, a major source of heart disease will be eliminated.

 

Source: VOA Learning English- Health & Lifestyle report

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