Study suggests eliminating trans-fats improves health

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The World Health Organization

A study published in the April Bulletin of the World Health Organization says national and local bans on trans-fats in the preparation of foods are one of the most effective ways to prevent some of the world's biggest killer diseases.

Policies in Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Denmark, the Netherlands, the Republic of Korea and the United States of America (USA) over the last two decades, says the study, proved to be effective in removing trans fats from the food supply.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has called for the elimination of trans-fats from the global food supply in response to the rise in the prevalence of noncommunicable diseases.

WHO has also identified it as a "best-buy" public health intervention for low- and middle-income countries.

Shauna Downs, the lead author of the report, gave two examples. She said a national ban in Denmark virtually eliminated trans-fats from the food supply, while local bans in Canada and the USA were successful in removing trans-fats from fried foods.

Consumption of trans-fats is associated with an increased risk of noncommunicable diseases, including cardiovascular disease, such as heart disease, as well as stroke and diabetes.

Beng Poblete-Enriquez, United Nations

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