FDA proposes to eliminate trans fat in processed foods
Updated: Friday, November 8 2013, 09:10 PM MST
By Crystal Price
EL PASO, Texas - Some serious changes could be coming to your grocery shelf.
The Food and Drug Administration announced Thursday that it is taking a first step toward eliminating trans fat in processed foods.
Trans fat is found in lots of things, including frozen foods, margarine, desserts and snack foods.
The FDA now says trans fats are no longer recognized as safe, so the agency is taking steps to get rid of trans fats all together.
"Trans fat is a man-made alteration of a natural fat, where you take your liquid oils and transform them into a harder substance," said Phillip Arnold, director of Food and Nutrition Care Services at the University Medical Center in El Paso. “What used to be fine for the body is now something that is harmful to the body."
Arnold tells KFOX 14 most food-makers already have taken trans fats out of recipes.
However, shoppers should check the label to be sure.
"If it doesn't have it in it, it's usually going to say 'trans fat 0 g,'" Arnold said. "If it’s got trans fat in it, you're talking about 2 to 5 grams of something you're putting into your body that's not good for it."
Some El Pasoans said they try to check the labels.
"The cholesterol goes up with the trans fat," said Elena Goldman, a West El Paso resident.
"There's a lot of unhealthy people out here, including me," said David Chavez, an East El Paso resident.
According to one study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, avoiding foods with trans fat could prevent up to 20,000 heart attacks and 7,000 heart disease each year.