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FDA gets with the evidence, proposes that trans fats are not “safe”

November 8, 2013
  • By Patrick J. Skerrett, Former Executive Editor, Harvard Health

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Patrick J. Skerrett, Former Executive Editor, Harvard Health

Pat Skerrett is the editor of STAT's First Opinion and host of the First Opinion podcast. He is the former editor of the Harvard Health blog and former Executive Editor of Harvard Health Publishing. Before that, he was editor of … See Full Bio
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Theron Casdorph
December 31, 2013

It’s really a cool and helpful piece of information. I am satisfied that you shared this useful info with us. Please keep us informed like this. Thank you for sharing.

December 7, 2013

Great article about how trans-fats are so widely used these days in food and how it is quickly destroying people health. If people would just become more informed about the things they put in their mouth and make smarter choices, than the incidence of heart disease and obesity would be greatly diminished. A lot more people are getting liposuction because of the food they eat is unhealthy and consequently become over weight.

Serge Samko
November 25, 2013

Never thought labeling foods with whether or not it has trans fats was such a big deal. Thanks for the article!

November 15, 2013

Thanks for sharing. useful info…

November 13, 2013

Main Comment,,,,,

November 10, 2013

Is this a matter of getting with the evidence, or getting ahead of the evidence? The NEJM article cited refers to three prospective studies — in one a significant increase in diabetes was associated with trans fat intake, while the other two did not show an association. If there are clear alternatives that do not carry prospective harmful effects, then the switch to those alternatives makes sense; but it does not seem to be based on the actual results of good prospective studies.

November 8, 2013

Hello Patrick, it was quite interesting to read this great article on trans-fats, I never known much about the trans-fats and I always thought that they are healthy to take. Now I have got to know it is not that good, at least not for me. I am thankful of you for publishing this valuable article, I will find out more information to keep my heart working.

Lilly, UK.

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