A few weeks ago, we reported that the FDA might be banning trans fats in restaurants nationwide. Since then, they've actually exceeded our expectations.
Over the next three years, artificial trans fats will be banned from all processed foods in the U.S., according to Bloomberg.
What once seemed like a radical health nut's opinion is now largely accepted, as the FDA has deemed partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) "not generally safe."
Trans fats gained popularity because they extend the shelf-life of products like popcorn, chips, cakes and coffee creamers. But under the new rule, PHOs — the biggest source of trans fat — cannot be added to foods after June 18, 2018, without specific approval from the FDA.
"In this case, it has become clear that what's good for extending shelf-life is not equally good for extending human life," said Susan Mayne, director of the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, in the announcement. The FDA expects the move to cause a reduction in coronary heart disease and fatal heart attacks.
We're looking forward to a time when foods at the grocery store won't be shrouded in mystery or tainted by artificiality — and it seems like we're on our way there.