Trans Fat In Your Residence Baked Delights – Well being and Way of life
By Gelyka Ruth R. Dumaraos
Despite the global need for trans fats and looming health risks, it remains a mainstay in restaurants and the food industry – for roasts, baked goods, processed snacks and margarine.
Nutritionist Anna Eliza Bartolata says many manufacturers still choose this because it has a longer shelf life than other fats. “They’re more stable and less rancid,” she says, adding that it’s also a lot cheaper than its healthier counterparts.
Eliminating such a pollutant from processed foods could prevent hundreds of thousands of heart attacks and deaths annually. Efforts by individual and small businesses would not be enough to push trans fat free food products into the market.
Recently, Rep. Ronnie Ong submitted Bill No. 7202, the Trans-Fat Free Philippines Act, designed to protect Filipinos from the risk of death and disease related to TFA consumption by gradually removing manufactured TFA from the food supply Will get removed.
The bill is anchored on the World Health Organization (WHO) campaigh, the REPLACE package, which aims to eliminate trans fats in the food supply. It serves as a framework for countries to implement measures to reduce and eliminate industrially produced TFA.
REPLACE stands for the review of the food sources of industrially produced trans fat and the landscape for necessary political changes. Promoting the replacement of manufactured trans fat with healthier fats and oils; Legislation or regulatory measures to eliminate manufactured trans fat; Assessment and monitoring of trans fat levels in the food supply and changes in trans fat consumption in the population; Raising awareness among policy makers, manufacturers, suppliers and the general public about the negative health effects of trans fats; and enforce policy and regulatory compliance.
Answer from the food giants
In response to the WHO’s call, the International Food and Beverage Alliance (IFBA), which is made up of 12 leading food and non-alcoholic beverage manufacturers, including Coca-Cola, Danone, Ferrero, General Mills, Grupo Bimbo, Kellogg, Mars Wrigley, McDonald’s, and Mondelez International, Nestlé, PepsiCo and Unilever committed in 2018 not to exceed 2 g iTFA per 100 g fat / oil in their products worldwide by 2023.
“In support of the two WHO guidelines that recommend a maximum total energy intake of 1% from all trans fats and a maximum saturated fat intake of 10% of total energy intake, IFBA member companies will try to avoid these reformulation efforts whenever possible to do this to achieve The commitment of iTFA leads to an increase in the content of saturated fat, ”the statement said.
In an interview with FoodNavigator-Asia, Nestle Philippines SVP and Corporate Affairs and Communications Director Arlene Bantoto said their products will not be affected by anti-trans fat campaigns and bills against trans fats as they have since been removing trans fats in their products have 2014.
This reflects the statement made by Constantin Bertoli, Senior Expert for Fats and Oils at the Nestlé Product Technology Center Nutrition, Konolfingen, Switzerland. “At Nestlé, we share concerns from consumers and health authorities about the health effects of trans fats made from partially hydrogenated oils (PHO),” he says. “That’s why our goal is to completely remove all trans fats from PHO. In 2014, we stepped up our policy to remove all PHO-derived trans fats from our foods and beverages. “
He adds that today 99.8% of the fats and oils they use meet their Nestlé Directive on trans fats. “This is part of our commitment to making food tastier, healthier, and helping us fulfill our purpose of unleashing the power of food to improve the quality of life for all today and for generations to come.”
Amid the wide variety of delicious foods they can find online, how can a customer know what is healthy and trans fat free and what is not?
Dr. Ranulfo B. Javelosa, Jr., a cardiologist at the Philippine Heart Center, mentions ways in which TFA use can be avoided personally. “Avoid these supplies, better cook at home and eat fresh fruits and vegetables,” he says. “You choose what you eat.”
While contemplating the intent of helping her friends’ businesses in times of pandemic, he recommends asking the seller first if their products are made with ingredients high in trans fat, such as margarine, shortening, non-dairy creams, and partially hydrogenated vegetable oils .
Bartolata advises buyers to only choose products that have a stated nutritional content. Considering some home-based start-up online businesses, many of which are unregistered, there are no nutritional labels to speak of.
“When this is inevitable in order to get products without nutritional labeling,” continues Bartolata, “it is helpful to remember which types of foods are most likely to contain trans fats (so that we can avoid them).”
Knowing what certain foods may contain trans fat has taken one step closer to avoiding it completely.
This story was produced by Probe Media Foundation Inc. (PMFI) and ImagineLaw (IL) as part of the (Un) Covering Trans Fats Media Training and Fellowship Program. The views and opinions expressed in this article are not necessarily those of the PMFI and IL.