The World Health Organization has launched an initiative which is known as REPLACE. This will help in guiding all countries on how to remove the artificial Trans fats from the foods. The WHO wants to eliminate the artificial Trans fats from the world and the target for the same is set for 2023.

World Health Organization is trying to save half million lives each year and asked the developing nations to follow the other advanced countries and eliminate the man-made trans fatty acids from the food suppliers. The officials from the United Nation’s health agency asked to take six important steps, and this will help in reducing the tidal wave of heart disease and strokes which result in more than 500,000 deaths per year.

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The former director of the US Centers for the Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Tom Frieden, who leads the initiative called Resolve to Save Lives said, “Trans fat is an unnecessary toxic chemical that kills, and there’s no reason people around the world should continue to be exposed.”

Tran’s fatty acids are usually made when vegetable oil get hardens in a process which is called hydrogenation. These hydrogenated fats are usually used in the fried foods, baked foods or snack foods and stick margarine, coffee creamer, vegetable shortenings or ready-to-use frostings. These fats don’t spoil like other fats, but they have some harmful health effects by increasing the bad LDL cholesterol and increase the heart disease.

According to Branca, “There are countries where the risk is particularly high. In South Asian countries, they have very, very high risk of heart disease and high intakes of Tran’s fats. There are some Latin American countries, but they’re already taking action. Mexico was a country where the intake was very high. South Africa was having problems, but then they established legislation. It is happening in more countries in the Middle East, but the information we have is limited.”

Dr Walter Willett, who is the professor of epidemiology and nutrition at Havard University, said that the efforts of World Health Organization to eliminate the trans fat and trying to banning the same is very useful and the countries who all will be following this will have an improved public health. Willett said, “The cost of transitioning to healthier fats is very small, and the cost of treating cardiovascular disease is very high.”


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