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Salisbury Doctor and Nutritionist Support FDA's Plans to Ban Trans Fats

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SALISBURY, Md.-Love the taste of those french fries? How about those mouth watering donuts? Before you dig in, watch out.

The Food and Drug Administration said on Thursday that it will clamp down on the key ingredient that makes your taste buds go wild.

The administration said that most of that fatty good stuff, especially fried foods contain trans fats. That's why it's working on ways to get rid of most trans fat from the food supply.

Trans fats are also called, partially hydrogenated oils and are considered even less healthy than saturated fats. 

 

Doctor Steven Hearne who is a cardiologist at Peninsula Medical Regional Center is among some medical professionals praising the move.

"Trans fats as we know have been for a long time are very atherogenic and  they cause a lot of cholesterol build up," Hearne said, "that's prone to give people coronary blockages, lead to stents and heart attacks."

Nicole Acle who is Salisbury based nutritionist said that she deals with a lot of clients who don't have the healthiest of eating habits 

Acle said that if the FDA is successful in doing away with trans fats then that could have a huge impact on Delmarva.

"This would be like prohibition on the Eastern Shore," Acle said, "I mean a large portion of the population here consumes trans fatty acids regularly for every meal including snacks."

Ashley Zegel said that she's a pretty healthy eater and would like for the government to help the rest of the country get on a track that will produce healthy results.

"I think people should know what they are eating," Zegel said, "and if it's regulated then it's something people don't take time to watch what they are eating."

For some other people like Calvin Ford, the opinion on FDA's move is in between. Ford said that eat what you want in moderation and work out.

"I'll be working it off eventually, go to the gym, I'm going to practice will run a lot and it will be burned off," Ford said.

Since 2008 some local laws have already prompted the food industry to start phasing out these trans fats.

The FDA estimates almost three-fourths of them are already gone from our food. 

The agency has a 60 day comment and review period to allow food manufacturers to work on plans for substitution, if the decision is finalized.  

 

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