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Trans-Fats Ban in Food

Submitted on Friday 29th July 2011

Published on Thursday 4th August 2011

Current status: Closed

Closed: Saturday 4th August 2012

Signatures: 868

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Trans-Fats Ban in Food

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Trans-fats have no nutritional benefit. They are partially hydrogenated vegetable oils that turn oily foods into semi-solid foods, used by the food industry as a cheap baulking agent and to extend the shelf life of products. Trans-fats are present in everyday food.

Consumption of trans-fats lead to a elevated risk of cardiovascular disease (heart disease and stroke) the biggest cause of death in the UK. Trans-fats increase the levels of ‘bad’ cholesterol and decrease the level of ‘good’ cholesterol in the blood. Even a small reduction in trans-fat consumption can reduce heart disease.

Trans-fat consumption increases the risk of other chronic health problems including obesity, diabetes, cancer, infertility in women, liver dysfunction, Alzheimer's disease and depression.

Trans-fats have already been banned in some countries (Demark in 2003). Banning trans-fats in the UK would benefit people in having a healthier diet and would provide a direct saving to the over-stretched NHS.

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