WHO leads push to universally ban trans fats

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The World Health Organization is leading a new push for all countries to eliminate trans fats from foods.

It outlined a step-by-step strategy called REPLACE – which stands for review dietary sources, promote use of healthier fats, legislate, assess changes, create awareness and enforce.

In 2015, the FDA called for the elimination of trans fats by June 18, 2018.

According to WHO, artificial trans fats, or trans fatty acids, are made when vegetable oil hardens in a process called hydrogenation. Those hydrogenated fats are often used in processed foods or baked goods, because they don't spoil as quickly as other fats.

They have been known to raise levels of cholesterol and increase risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

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