Ask the doctor: Should we ban trans fats?

Published: March, 2014

Q. I've heard that the FDA wants to ban trans fats from foods. Do you think it will happen, and will that be good for us?

A. In November 2013, the FDA proposed removing trans fats from its list of ingredients "generally regarded as safe." If this ruling is made final, companies will have to prove that trans fats are safe if they want to continue to put them in their products. Most of the experts here that I've talked to think the ruling will be made final. If so, artificial trans fats will be eliminated from our food supply.

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