The news hit last week that the FDA is targeting artificial trans fats in an effort to remove them from the food supply once and for all. Small amounts of trans fats exist naturally in some meal and milk products; but it is the artificial trans fats that result from food processing in the form of partially hydrogenated oils that pose the health risks, particularly related to heart health, that public health officials are seeking to avoid. In fact, the CDC estimates that a further reduction of trans fat in the food supply could prevent an additional 7,000 deaths from heart disease each year and up to 20,000 heart attacks each year.
This is significant. Already banned in some European countries, the FDA