FDA works toward reducing trans fats and Siouxlanders sound off
Baked goods, microwave pizza, french fries, and many other snack foods are made with trans fats and the FDA said they "are not generally recognized as safe." UnityPoint Health-St. Luke's registered dietitian Allison Appletoft agrees.
"Trans fats have been linked to increases in LDL cholesterol, which is the bad cholesterol that promotes that plaque accumulation in your arteries," said Appletoft.
Appletoft said along with increasing the bad cholesterol, trans fats increase the risk of heart disease.
"We tell people to avoid trans fats and really to consume as little as possible," Appletoft said.
But, not all Siouxlanders pay close attention to their food labels.
"My health matters to me, but I don't necessarily read the nutrition label to see how much trans fat there is in each food," Brianna Colshan, Cushing, Iowa said.
"I know the gist of it, that you need to watch them, but I don't pay any attention. It's more about the taste of the food," said Samantha Sholty, Ida Grove, Iowa.
Although, taste may be the number one concern, Appletoft thinks the FDA's push toward getting trans fats off the shelves is a good move. The FDA has now opened a 60-day comment period about trans fats being recognized as unsafe. During this time, the FDA said they will collect more data and input from food manufacturers.
If you want to weigh in, this page will be open for comments on Friday.
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