Last Thursday, the FDA announced a plan to "ban" artificial trans fats in foods sold in the USA. The ban would not apply to naturally occurring trans fats, such as those found in meat and dairy products.
FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said the move could prevent 20,000 heart attacks a year and 7,000 deaths.
Critics argue that trans fat studies on health are inconclusive, citing a study which found that the impact of artificial and natural trans fats on HDL and LDL levels to be roughly equivalent.
We Asked Should Trans Fats Be Banned?
Over 86% of respondents do not agree with a trans fat ban as the FCC is proposing, while 14% of those who responded would support such a ban.
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