Despite many efforts by the World Health Organization (WHO), five billion people in the world still face the risk of serious heart diseases due to their consumption of trans fat. The WHO said this while appealing to countries that have failed to remove this toxic substance from the population.
Realizing the danger, the WHO appealed
In 2018, the WHO made a plea to eliminate industrially produced fatty acids worldwide by 2023, as nearly half a million people have lost their lives every year because of it.
Although 43 countries with a population of 2.8 billion have implemented effective policies to eliminate it, more than five billion people in our world are still ingesting this dangerous poison, according to the United Nations Health Organization.
These countries took no action
He said that countries such as Egypt, Australia and South Korea have not developed such policies, and the risk of heart disease from trans fat in particular is very high there.
What is trans fat?
Trans fat is a type of unsaturated fatty acid that is not harmful to health. But when it is processed by industry and used as food, it becomes a slow poison.
Trans fat is made by adding hydrogen to liquid vegetable oil, making it more solid and increasing the shelf life of foods.
Vegetable oil contains dangerous trans fat. This oil used in foods clogs the arteries of the heart. It is often used in packaged foods such as chips, baked foods such as cookies, cakes, cooking oils and more.
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was quoted as saying in a statement published on the matter, “Trans fat is a toxic chemical that kills humans and has no place in food.” It’s time we all got rid of it.
Foods containing trans fat are dangerous, he said, adding to the burden on health services.
WHO urges immediate action
Food manufacturers use this trans fat because it has a longer shelf life and is cheaper.
To eliminate trans fat, a nationwide ban on the production or use of hydrogenated oils, the main source of trans fat, or a limit of two grams of trans fat per 100 grams of total fat in all foods should be mandated.
Of the 16 countries with the highest deaths from heart disease and trans fat, nine have yet to take any concrete steps in this direction, according to the WHO.
These countries include Australia, Azerbaijan, Bhutan, Ecuador, Egypt, Iran, Nepal, Pakistan and South Korea.
WHO’s director of nutrition and food security, Francesco Branca, called for these countries to take ‘urgent action’.
This is India’s stand against trans fat
Sixty countries in the world have enacted policies against trans fat, involving 3.4 billion people, which is 43 percent of the world’s population.
Of these, 43 countries are implementing better policies against trans fat. Europe and America and North American countries are mainly among these countries. However, these principles have not yet been adopted in low-income countries. At the same time, many middle-income countries, including India, Argentina, Bangladesh, Paraguay, the Philippines, and Ukraine, have begun to adopt these policies.
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