WHO Report on Global Trans – Fat Elimination 2022

Trans fats are unsaturated fats. Increased consumption of trans fats leads to heart diseases and bad cholesterol. The World Health Organization recently released a report on “Global Trans – Fat Elimination”. WHO started trans fat elimination in 2018. 2023 was the set year of the target to completely eliminate trans fats.

Key findings of the report

  • Trans fats is found in cooking oil, baked foods, packed foods, and spreads. Trans fats in these foods are the major cause of premature deaths
  • 8 billion world population are currently protected against trans fats issues through government policies and other measures
  • Low – Income countries have not yet adopted measures to reduce trans-fat consumption
  • Nine countries in the world have coronary heart diseases death due to trans-fat consumption. They are Pakistan, Nepal, South Korea, Austria, Ecuador, Azerbaijan, Bhutan, Egypt, and Iran.

Recommendations made by WHO

The WHO recommends adopting two policies. They set a national limit of two grams of trans fats in 100 grams of fat foods. And to ban the use of partially hydrogenated oils.

About Fats

There are three types of fats. They are trans fats, saturated fats, and unsaturated fats. Increased trans fats consumption leads to diabetes and obesity.




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