I was in college when I first learned about the health risks associated with trans fat, or partially hydrogenated oils. That was 30 years ago.
Since then, scientific study after scientific study has revealed a direct link between trans fat and obesity, heart disease, cancer memory loss and other illnesses. Advocacy groups have been trying to get trans fat banned for about 25 years.
Yet food manufacturers weren’t even required to include trans fat information on labels until 2006.
And just last week, the U.S. Food and Drug and Administration finally announced that partially hydrogenated oils, the primary source of trans fat, are not “generally recognized as safe” and ruled that food manufacturers could no longer include it in food products.