Kiss of Death for Trans-fats

The war on trans-fats continues…


Kiss of Death for Trans-fats

The US has been on the war path as it eliminates preservatives, artificial flavours, sweeteners and colourants from fast food lately, but the biggest nail to be hammered into the fatty, oily, fast food coffin is the new ban on trans-fats.

Made from partially hydrogenated vegetable oil (the same process that turns vegetable oil into margarine), it’s much cheaper than butter, has a much longer shelf life, and has made its way into practically everything fried and processed.

It’s also the number one baddie in heart disease and heart attacks. Even the World Health Organisation labels it ‘toxic’.

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And though food suppliers have been required since 2006 to show trans-fat information on food labels, actually banning it is expected to drastically reduce the incidence of heart disease, and save thousands of lives and millions of dollars in healthcare.

 

Tracy Lee Nicol
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Tracy-Lee Nicol is the managing editor of Franchise Zone Magazine and deputy editor of Entrepreneur Magazine. She studied her Masters degree in Art History and Visual Culture at Rhodes University and spent the next two years working and travelling in Asia. Her love of people, business and teaching is reflected in telling the stories of entrepreneurs, franchisees and franchisors, inspiring others to take the leap to being their own boss and bringing about positive change in South Africa.

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