Previously on this blog, we've discussed the numerous toxins that have made their way into consumer goods, often because we have yet to fully understand the scope of their negative effects. How long, after all, did we use asbestos in building materials before realizing just how harmful this substance can be?
In addition to harmful toxins, there are plenty of ingredients to avoid in everyday life to enjoy prolonged heath. In fact, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently made a bold move toward banning partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) – which have long been used by food manufacturers – in order to combat rates of heart disease across the country.
An FDA press release issued this week notes that PHOs are the main source of artificial trans fat in food. Trans fat, along with sodium, contributes substantially to heart attacks and other serious cardiac events, yet both of these substances are found in a wide array of processed foods.
"Food manufacturers have voluntarily decreased trans fat levels in many foods in recent years, but a substantial number of products still contain partially hydrogenated oils, which are the major source of trans fat in processed food," said FDA official Michael Taylor in the press release.
This week, the FDA issued a "preliminary determination" that PHOs may be unsafe for use in food, and the government entity will review further evidence over the next 60 days.
But while the FDA serves as an excellent watchdog and advocate for the health and safety of consumers, this organization can often get bogged down by bureaucracy, delaying the enforcement of regulations. With that in mind, the best way to preserve your health is to check the labels on everything from food items and laundry detergents to water based lubricants to ensure you don't subject yourself to undue harm.