The World Health Organization (WHO) has told that despite many efforts, five billion people of the world are still facing the risk of fatal heart diseases due to the consumption of trans fat. The WHO said this while appealing to countries that have failed to remove this toxic substance from the reach of the people.
Sensing the danger, WHO appealed
In the year 2018, the WHO had issued an appeal to eliminate fatty acids made in factories from all over the world by 2023 because WHO had found that due to this, about half a million people lost their lives every year within the last few years. Was lost
The United Nations Health Agency said that although 43 countries with a total population of 2.8 billion people have implemented excellent policies to eliminate it, still more than five billion people in our world are consuming this dangerous poison.
These countries did not take any strictness
He said Egypt, Australia and South Korea are among the countries that have not made such policies and the risk of heart disease from trans fat in particular is very high there.
what is trans fat
Trans fat is a type of unsaturated fatty acid which does not harm health. But when it is prepared by the industry and used as food, it becomes a slow poison.
Trans fat is prepared by adding hydrogen to liquid vegetable oil to make it more solid and increase the shelf life of foods.
Vegetable oil contains dangerous trans fat. This oil used in foods closes the arteries of the heart. It is often used in packaged foods such as chips, baked foods such as cookies, cakes, cooking oils and many more.
WHO Director-General Tedros Adnom Gebrehus said, quoting a report released on the issue, “Trans fat is a toxic chemical that kills humans and should have no place in food.” It is time for all of us to get rid of it.
He said that foods containing trans fat are dangerous, due to which the burden on health services also increases.
WHO urges immediate action
Food manufacturers use this trans fat because it has a longer shelf life and is also cheaper.
To eliminate trans fat, either a nationwide ban on the production or use of hydrogenated oils, a major source of trans fat, or a limit of only two grams of trans fat per 100 grams of total fat in all foods Quantity should be made mandatory.
WHO said that out of 16 countries with high risk of heart disease and deaths due to trans fat, nine countries have not yet taken any concrete steps in this direction.
These countries include Australia, Azerbaijan, Bhutan, Ecuador, Egypt, Iran, Nepal, Pakistan and South Korea.
WHO’s director of nutrition and food security, Francesco Branca, called on these countries to take ‘urgent action’.
This is India’s position against trans fat
Sixty countries of the world have made policies against trans fat, which includes 3.4 billion people, which is about 43 percent of the world’s population.
In these also 43 countries are implementing the best policies against trans fat. Europe and America and North American countries are mainly in these countries. However, these policies are yet to be adopted in low-income countries. At the same time, many middle-income countries including India, Argentina, Bangladesh, Paraguay, Philippines and Ukraine have also started adopting these policies.