The mantra “you are what you eat” has been around since forever, but even then many people tend to ignore it and eat whatever they want, even if this means they gain a lot of weight. Most people are slaves to food, and when hunger strikes, they lose their ability to think straight or rationally.
This is most commonly found to happen in the U.S., where so much of the food is overloaded with trans fats and, most of the time, people are not even aware of what the consequences of consuming that one bag of microwave popcorn will be. These fats are not healthy in any way and can harm the consumers to a great extent by causing heart disease. The FDA has estimated that eliminating trans fats from the market could prevent around 20,000 heart attacks and 7,000 deaths every year.
In 2013, exactly one year ago, the FDA took steps toward banning trans fats and asked each manufacturer to label the amount and type of fats that were present in their product so that consumers would have sufficient knowledge before consuming any product. However, it seemed that many food manufacturers had started their search for substitutes and alternatives way ahead of the FDA’s announcement of limitations on the use of trans fats in products.
The issue still remains that these fats contribute a great deal toward the taste of certain food items that people enjoy. In removing the trans fat content, the taste of the food item might be diminished and would not find many takers. So the challenge for the producers at this time is to find alternatives that enable them to remove trans fats while maintaining the taste.
Even though it seemed as if the health of the millions of Americans should improve significantly after the FDA restrictions came into effect, it did not. It was recently found that, despite the limitations, trans fats still continues to affect the health of millions of Americans today, possibly due to the lack of substitutes and alternatives. Trans fats are also rather addictive, which may make it difficult for people to quit regardless of the health consequences. Sooner or later, stricter action would have to be taken to ensure that people don’t have access to these fats at all, as otherwise it is unlikely they will quit eating them.