FDA to ban artery-clogging trans fats

Posted at 5:17 PM, Nov 07, 2013
and last updated 2014-06-18 11:51:33-04

WASHINGTON (AP) — It won't happen right away -- but you eventually won't be able to find any foods with trans fats, at the supermarket or at restaurants.

The government says it's going to require a gradual phase-out of trans fats, which are found in some processed foods and are sometimes used by restaurants for frying.

The commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration says the move could prevent 20,000 heart attacks and 7,000 deaths a year.

The agency isn't yet setting a timeline for the phase-out, but will collect comments for two months before officials determine how long it will take.

Trans fat is widely considered the worst kind of fat for your heart.