FDA moves to ban trans fat

PARIS, TX -- For decades public health officials have warned people about the link between trans fat and heart disease.

Today the Food and Drug Administration moved towards removing trans fats from our food supply. Microwaved popcorn, frozen pizzas and refrigerated doughs will all have to make a change to their ingredients after the FDA announced its ban.

Trans fats are considered the worst kind of fat for your heart.

"They cause your blood vessels to go into inflammation causing them not to be elastic and soft, our blood vessels should be flexible," said certified health professional Donna Boutwell.

Scientists say trans fats pose no health benefits and can increase the risk of heart disease, the leading cause of death in America.

"I think that people do not realize what the threat has been and the medical records back it up, that yes we do have a heart disease issue," said Boutwell.

Trans fats, also known as hydrogenated oils, are used to increase the shelf life and flavor of foods. Boutwell says removing trans fats will only improve our society's health.

"Our children at a younger age won't be bombarded with what the food that has this in it, so they have a much better chance of being a healthy adult," said Boutwell.

There is no timeline set for when the ban will take effect, which gives food makers time to revise their recipe.

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