FI­NAL NAIL IN COFFIN FOR AR­TI­FI­CIAL TRANS FATS

National Post (Latest Edition) - - CANADA -

Health Canada is tak­ing the fi­nal steps to­ward a ban on the main source of ar­ti­fi­cial trans fats in di­ets. The de­part­ment says it is ban­ning par­tially hy­dro­genated oils or PHOs, which are the main source of in­dus­tri­ally pro­duced trans fats in all food sold in the coun­try, in­clud­ing in restau­rants. The oils are used in the pro­duc­tion of pas­tries, other baked goods and some pack­aged goods as a means of ex­tend­ing shelf life. The ban will come into force on Sept. 15, 2018, in or­der to give the food in­dus­try time to find al­ter­na­tives. Af­ter that, it will be il­le­gal to sell any food con­tain­ing PHOs. Health Canada says trans fats raise lev­els of so-called “bad” or low-den­sity lipopro­tein choles­terol in the blood, while re­duc­ing lev­els of “good” or high-den­sity lipopro­tein choles­terol.

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