MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is taking trans fats entirely out of the food supply, as health officials said the heart-clogging fats are simply unsafe.READ MORE: Gov. Tim Walz Calls For Hennepin Co. Sheriff Dave Hutchinson To Resign Following DWI Crash
“I think that is good,” Meghan Dail. “I mean obviously it’s a huge problem in the U.S.”
Government health officials said trans fats are considered the worst kind of fat for your heart because they can raise bad cholesterol.READ MORE: Remains Found In Michigan Identified As Woman Who Went Missing From Minnesota In 1993
“Some 20,000 heart attacks a year and 7,000 deaths could be prevented,” FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said.
New York was the first city to ban trans fats in restaurants seven years ago. Since then, many other cities and states have done the same — 10 fast food chains have also eliminated trans fats entirely.
The FDA said it will take feedback on the new requirement for two months, but then set a timeline for the phase out.MORE NEWS: 'Aorta Borealis': Dad & Young Daughter Make Music Inspired By Her Health Struggles
The Institute of Medicine said trans fats provide no known health benefit and that there is no safe level for consuming them.