Wednesday, April 23, 2014


Follow us:
Follow @NY1 on Twitter Subscribe to this news feed 


FDA Seeks To Ban Trans Fats

  • Text size: + -
TWC News: FDA Seeks To Ban Trans Fats
Play now

Time Warner Cable video customers:
Sign in with your TWC ID to access our video clips.

  To view our videos, you need to
enable JavaScript. Learn how.
install Adobe Flash 9 or above. Install now.

Then come back here and refresh the page.

The Food and Drug Administration's move to ban trans fats is big news for the country, but in New York, there's been a ban for years now.

"It seems like it's been vilified for at least the past four or five years, so I wasn't too surprised," said one resident.

It was actually six years ago that the Bloomberg administration banned the use of trans fats, or partially hydrogenated oils, in restaurant food, just a year after the FDA required listing that ingredient on food labels.

"After we passed the rule, then other jurisdiction follows, and 44 restaurant chains have voluntarily gone to completely trans fat free cooking," said city Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley. "Seeing that, I think the FDA realized that this is absolutely possible."

Foods that still contain trans fats are usually processed to have a longer shelf life, such as baked goods, cake, cookies, pies and popcorn.

The FDA has issued a preliminary determination that trans fats are no longer generally recognized as safe.

Health professionals said that this is nothing but good news.

"They increase the LDL, or bad cholesterol, and they decrease the HDL, or the protective good cholesterol," said Dr. Tara Narula, a cardiologist at Lenox Hill Hospital. "By changing those parameters of your cholesterol panel, they really promote atherosclerosis or development of coronary heart disease."

The Centers for Disease Control estimated that the move could help prevent 7,000 deaths and as many as 20,000 heart attacks in the U.S. each year.

Farley said that the city's ban has already had an impact.

"We've seen a substantial decline in heart disease mortality over the last 10 years in New York City," he said. "So this could cause a very meaningful reduction in trans fat risk."

If the ban is finalized, manufacturers would need FDA approval to include trans fats in foods. Naturally occurring trans fats in oils and meats will not be banned.

"Human beings were sort of meant to consume just that limited amount from animal fats," Narula said.

New Yorkers NY1 spoke with said that the ban would actually make healthy eating easier.

"I'm kind of glad about that because for me, for one, I'm watching my weight," said one resident.

The public has 60 days to comment period on the proposal. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP