FDA nears ban of trans fats in processed foods

A Ban Of Trans Fats Is Good For All

In last month’s Boston/Washington Reuters article
ban of trans fats
by Toni Clarke and Ros Krasny, I read that the FDA is finally closing in on a very importantissue, the ban of trans fats.  They have actually proposed banning artificial trans fats in processed foods because of the risk of heart disease linked to their consumption.

Simply put, hydrogenation is a chemical process that converts liquid vegetable oils into solid or semi-solid fats.  Partially hydrogenated oils extend the shelf life of foods, and many processed foods rely on their taste and texture.

A Ban of Trans Fats Would Save Lives

By now, certainly, we’ve all heard that trans fats are dangerous and we need to buy products with labels that read “NO TRANS FATS”, and for very good reason.  These partially hydrogenated oils increase our bad cholesterol and may be responsible for approximately 7,000 deaths and 20,000 heart attacks, annually.  Rest assured, Smart for Life® products never have and never will have trans fats or any toxic ingredients.

According to experts, it may take about two years for a company to complete an ingredient switch-over from the time they are introduced to the alternative.  There is considerable research, recipe experimentation, and subsequent cost involved in any such project.  Thankfully, we never used these types of ingredients.

Even though it’s taken the FDA some time to get to this point, many companies have felt the pressure to move in the right direction over the past several years.  Since the FDA’s 2006 requirement to disclose these harmful fats on food labels, their presence in the marketplace has declined, significantly, but the task is far from complete.

Some specifics to be very cautious of include certain brands of the following processed foods:  pies, fish sticks, microwave popcorn, crackers and cinnamon rolls, to name a few.  Be sure that you read the actual labels, not just the name of the product or a descriptive tag line printed on the packaging.

Until The Ban of Trans Fats- Check Your Labels

Until an FDA ban of trans fats comes to fruition and these large companies are forced to eliminate these dangerous products from our grocery store shelves; don’t buy them, period!  We must be our own best advocate in our daily pursuit of healthy choices and lifestyle changes… stay informed, stay aware and treat ourselves and our families to the gift of delicious whole foods and healthy alternatives, such as Smart for Life®.

I’ll keep you posted on this ban of trans fats and in the mean time, to your health and happiness, -Dr. Sass

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Well-known for its popularity from clients across the U.S. and Canada, the Smart for Life® Cookie Diet is more than just a weight loss company. It is committed to helping its clients lose weight, gain health and positively impact the environment along the way. Over the past 7 years, Smart For Life® has helped hundreds of thousands of people lose hundreds of thousands of pounds - improving their health, appearance and happiness. Founded by Dr. Sasson Moulavi, MD, a bariatric physician, Smart for Life® is based on his realizations of how food affects our health and uses the American Society of Bariatric Physicians (ASBP) Guidelines. The ASBP is a 50-year old organization teaching physicians the fundamentals of weight loss. “The concept was developed while I worked as an emergency room doctor and saw the rise in heart attacks in 30 and 40 year old patients. With this experience, I knew what had to be done,” explains Dr. Sass. “Many other diet doctors and food scientists have helped to shape what Smart for Life® has become. I believe we have created a revolutionary way for people to eat.” Smart for Life® Cookie Diet is a comprehensive weight management approach to health and wellness which utilizes natural, hunger-controlling diet foods to deliver visible results. The medical weight loss company was started by Dr. Sass on the principle of improving people’s lives by providing a quick, safe, easy and affordable means of weight control. Smart for Life’s E-Commerce Program is the hallmark of the business, providing an accessible weight-loss management program to consumers across the country. In addition, the over 30 weight-loss centers provide in-person counsel including one-on-one medical supervision.

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