Physician criticizes FDA crusade against trans fats

Monday, November 11, 2013
Becky Yeh - California correspondent (

A physician says the move by the the Food and Drug Administration to ban trans fat is an unnecessary decision that will increase costs. 

The Food and Drug Administration may eliminate most trans fat from foods, stating that it has determined that partially hydrogenated oil is no longer recognized as safe. If the determination is finalized, partially hydrogenated oils could not be added to food without approval.

"I think that this is just more efforts by the FDA to interfere in our lives and control what we eat," says Dr. Jane Orient of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons.

"One thing for sure that this will do is increase the cost of food," she adds.

Orient, Dr. Jane (AAPS)Foods that contain additives that are not approved cannot be legally sold in the United States. Trans fat has been linked to heart disease and is popular among processed foods.

"It is just not correct to think that the fats that you eat are heading straight to your arteries to form deposits in your arteries and clog the arteries, not the heart," Orient explains. "This is a very complicated process that involves a lot of things. The most important one may be the amount of sugar that you eat."

The FDA has a 60-day comment period on the determination to collect data and determine the time manufacturers would need to reformulate products that contain artificial trans fat. 

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