Canada officially bans industrial trans fats
The ban, which came into effect in September 2018, applies to all products manufactured or imported in Canada, as well as meals prepared in restaurants.
It is now forbidden and illegal to manufacture partially hydrogenated oils (HPH) or to use it in food.
Most pastries, breads, donuts, fries, solid margarin and other processed foods, contain industrial trans fats.
It is used to improve the taste and texture of food and also to prolong their shelf life.
However, HPH have adverse effects on health lowering the rate of good cholesterol while increasing the bad.
They also increase the risk of heart disease (one of the leading causes of death in Canada) and cardiovascular disease.
All trans fat products manufactured to date can be sold within the next two years. Retailers have this deadline to comply with the ban and remove all traces of trans fat from their food, according to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.
Consumers will have to wait for a while before seeing a difference in the products they buy.
For Manuel Arango, director of health policy at the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, this impending ban remains “a half-full glass. We did not win this long fight against trans fats overnight. But we are on the way to the complete elimination of trans fats. It’s significant.”
This is a big step that will have a positive impact on health. Especially since this ban, will reduce the number of heart attacks and save lives throughout the country.