Trends & Talkers: FDA bans trans fatsUPDATED 10:49 PM HST Nov 07, 2013Video Transcript
PAUSE FOR MUSIC We could soon be saying goodbye to margarine, certain donuts, cookies, crackers...a host of popular snacks as we know them. That's because the FDA took the first step to banning transfats today - and that has a lot of you talking. The Food and Drug Administration has made a preliminary determination that a major source of trans fats -- partially hydrogenated oils -- is no longer "generally recognized as safe." If that's finalized, partially hydrogenated oils will become food additives that cannot be used in food without approval or they become illegal. The CDC says avoiding foods containing artificially produced trans fat could prevent 10,000 to 20,000 heart attacks and 3,000 to 7,000 coronary heart disease deaths each year. On facebook we asked, Are you OK with the FDA banning trans fats? Mahealani Young Villanueva Yes! And I wonder how many greedy companies are gonna suffer... Wanting to feed us poison right under our noses. Kathy Kiene Bossenmeyer We have known for a long time that transfats are harmful. It's about time the FDA took steps to protect people who are not informed. Charlotte Toribio Banks I am so not ok for the government banning anything cause it's bad for me. I want to have that choice to educate myself and make my own decisions about what's healthy for me or not. I am not an uneducated citizen. Many food manufacturers have already taken steps to limit or eliminate trans fat from their products. For example, McDonald's stopped cooking its french fries in trans fat more than a decade ago. Given the health implications, do you think the FDA should take this step? Or should companies and consumers make that choice? Head to facebook, like us, and tell us what you think. Paula?