Trans Fats

The British Medical Journal this week highlighted some papers in the area of trans fats.

De Souza and colleagues performed a systematic review and meta-analysis of cohort studies that examined the association between saturated fats and trans fats and a range of cardiovascular outcomes and diabetes. They concluded that saturated fats were not associated with any of these outcomes.

Allen and colleagues in their paper evaluate three policy options to reduce consumption of trans fats in the United Kingdom:

  1. Mandatory reformulation (complete elimination of trans fat from processed foods)
  2. Improved food labelling that accelerates voluntary reformulation
  3. Bans in restaurants and takeaway outlets.

The projected reductions in healthcare costs, production losses, and informal care costs outweigh the cost of implementation. There were also significant health benefits projected.

Veerman JL, wrote an editorial looking at the area of trans fats and recent evidence focussing in particular on the two papers above. He called for a complete ban of trans fats in food products.

Posted: 18/09/2015 10:30:35 by Laura Keaver


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