It’s been a long time coming but the trans fats ban in Canada is officially in effect starting today!
If you know what trans fats are, then you understand just how dangerous they are to your health. So, Health Canada stepped in and banned the hydrogenated oils from your food.
The unsaturated fatty acids that cause numerous health problems will no longer be permitted according to Health Canada. They are usually gound in commercial baked products, shortening and of course, margarine.
The trans fats were tackled in the early 2000s, generally to reduce them greatly. The food industry did just that, but there are loopholes. So now, the government is combatting one of the leading causes of death in the country – heart disease. It is increased when consuming trans fats, so Canada will ban them as much as is possible.
The food industry was given one year to adjust to the new regulations. And so, the time is here and harmful trans fats in Canada are a thing of the past.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency will be conducting inspections to ensure food manufacturers are following the rules.
However, it’s important to note that there are still trans fats that naturally occur in products we consume every day, such as dairy products and meats.
Also, you’ll still find products containing trans fats on store shelves, if they were produced before September 17, 2018.