Three Years to Phase Out Trans Fats

The FDA has released a statement saying that they will allow food companies three years to phase out artificial trans fat from their products.  In a statement released on Tuesday, they say that partially hydrogenated oils are not “generally recognized as safe.”  Partially hydrogenated oils, or PHOs, are the main source of trans fats found in foods.

According to a June 18 article in Time magazine by Alexandra Sifferlin, trans fats can be found in almost 40% of everyday foods found in grocery stores.  This includes frozen pizzas and microwave popcorn.

“The FDA’s action on this major source of artificial trans fat demonstrates the agency’s commitment to the heart health of all Americans,” Dr. Stephen Ostroff, acting commissioner of the FDA, said in a statement.

According to an article in US News, trans fats have been found to be related to heart disease, and cause 50,000 fatal heart attacks each year, according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest. Consumption of trans fats, which are used by food manufacturers to improve texture and increase the shelf life of some foods, have also been found to raise cholesterol that lead to clogged arteries.

According to a June 16 article on NRN.com, trans fats can also lower levels of so-called “good cholesterol,” and has been found to increase risk of heart disease and strokes.

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Dr. Steven Lipsky

Steven J. Lipsky MD, FACEP has been a Board Certified Emergency Physician in Arizona for the last 41 years, and a resident of the Town of Paradise Valley for the last 40 years. He received his Doctor of Medicine degree from New York University School of Medicine and did post-graduate training in Family Practice at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix before going into the full-time practice of Emergency Medicine in 1975. Dr. Lipsky has worked in every type of Emergency Department in Arizona – from inner city and rural, small volume and large, public and private hospitals, teaching and nonteaching hospitals. He has taught at the Midwestern University Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine – Division of Clinical Education, as well as in Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine Arizona. He has received the highest number of patient satisfaction letters in his group at multiple facilities and has been recognized at Paradise Valley Hospital for his outstanding performance. A past president of the Arizona College of Emergency Physicians (representing over 800 Emergency Physicians in our state) along with many other positions in the organization, Dr. Lipsky was also one of six Councillors representing Arizona to the National Council of the American College of Emergency Physicians. Dr. Lipsky built, owned, and was the Medical Director for the first 24hr free-standing Emergicenter and Advanced Life Support Ambulance Service in Jamaica. In conjunction with USAID, Cornell Medical Center’s School of Public Health, the Ministry of Health and Environmental Control of Jamaica, and the U.S. Peace Corps, he participated in a successful program to stem infant mortality in rural areas.

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