It's been two years since the FDA recognized that transfat is not safe to eat, and today they finally laid down the law: food manufacturers must remove all trans fat from their products by 2018. Trans fat has no known health benefits, but is linked to many health conditions, including obesity, high "bad" cholesterol, heart disease and memory loss.
"The FDA's action on this major source of artificial trans fat demonstrates the agency's commitment to the heart health of all Americans," said Dr. Stephen Ostroff, the agency's acting commissioner, in a news release. "This action is expected to reduce coronary heart disease and prevent thousands of fatal heart attacks every year."
Foods that will have to swap their trans fat ingredient with something else include Duncan Hines yellow cake mix, Blue Bonnet butter, Marie Callender's "made from scratch" frozen apple pie, and lots and lots of french fries.