FDA moves toward banning trans fat from food
The Federal Drug Administration aims to remove trans fat from food all across the U.S.
Andrew Vanhoe is the owner of Olde Towne Bakery in Moline. The bakery is known best around town for its tasty treats.
Yet, what many people may not know, is that those donuts, cakes and cookies contain trans fat.
Vanhoe says he understands the FDA’s concern with trans fat but by removing the ingredient from his baked goods, it will change the quality and texture of his dessert.
“It just won’t be the same…taste the same, they won’t last as long,”said Vanhoe.
Vanhoe has anticipated the FDA phasing out trans fat for quite some time.
He is now considering using palm oil as substitute for trans fat.
“Banning trans fat isn’t gonna actually help because your still gonna get..I mean you could ban donuts but I can fry them in lard,”said Vanhoe.
Trans fat is also known as partially hydrogenated oil or vegetable shortening.
Food manufactures use the hydrogenated oil for texture, flavor and to increase the products shelf life.
However, numerous studies have shown the consumption of trans fat can affect the body negatively.
“If you look at what trans fat does..it lowers your HDL or good cholesterol, that sets you up for heart disease,”added Dr. Richard Besser.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 5,000 Americans a year die of heart disease because of artificial trans fat.
In 2006, the FDA required trans fat be included on the nutritional fact panel. From there, many companies reformulated their products to exclude trans fat.
On November 11, 2013, the agency announced it will begin a 60-day public comment period on removing trans fat from the agency’s list of ingredients that they deem safe.
However, Vanhoe says no matter what happens, he will continue to roll out his signature treats.
“For us I mean we’ll roll with the punches we’ll be able to figure out alternatives,”said Vanhoe.