According to a new study, as reported by the Washington Post, blood levels of trans fat declined in Americans by 58 percent from 2000 to 2008 after the Food and Drug Administration required food manufacturers to label how much trans fat is in their products, and after many food producers voluntarily stopped using trans fat as an ingredient. Trans fat has been linked with a high risk of heart disease.
The FDA began requiring trans-fat labeling in 2003, and at the same time, many cities and states — New York most famously — passed laws limiting trans fats in restaurant food and cooking. The result has been a marked decrease in the risk factor for heart disease among Americans. At a time when news about public health is often bleak, this is an instance of very good news stemming from very good public policy. Now, if we could only find more ways to encourage exercise, we’d make even more progress.
To see the full article reporting on the study, go to: http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/trans-fat-blood-levels-plummet-after-fda-food-labeling-regulation/2012/02/08/gIQAxae8zQ_story.html?wpisrc=nl_headlines
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