Thailand just became FIRST in Asean to ban trans fat… should Malaysia follow too?

Thailand just became FIRST in Asean to ban trans fat… should Malaysia follow too?

Thailand just became FIRST in Asean to ban trans fat… should Malaysia follow too?

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Created Date: 2019-01-27
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In a reverse Thanos effort to save HALF A MILLION lives each year, the World Health Organisation (WHO) urged developing nations, like Malaysia, to follow the lead of affluent countries in eliminating man-made trans fatty acids from their food. Yep, trans fat kills 500,000 people annually! Every time you eat a karipap, a roti canai, you might be closer to becoming a statistic.

And just the other day, Bangkok Postreported that Thailand’s ban on artificial trans fats came into effect on Wednesday, 10th Jan 2019. This makes them the FIRST in the Asean to ban the production, import and sale of partially-hydrogenated oils along with other food that contain them.

WHO ambitiously hopes that all countries will ban it until trans fats totally pupus from the global food supply by 2023. However if countries get rid of trans fats, it could up the use of palm oil. Eyyy palm oil, that’s our speciality. As in that’s Malaysia’s. However, if governments adopt this measure, it could inadvertently ramp up the use of an environmentally destructive replacement—unsustainable palm oil.

But now by taking 6 specific steps, officials from the United Nations’ health agency said countries could reduce a tidal wave of heart disease and strokes which cause that number of deaths every year. Heart disease and stroke are top 2 killersin da world… and guess what, heart disease is indeed the no. 1 killer in Malaysia too. Think it’s probably about time to do something.

Wait, don’t tune out yet!

 

Trans fats is made from vegetable oil…mixed with HYDROGEN!!

No really, don’t run away.

We often hear this word and see it on food labels, but what is trans fat? There are two types of trans fats found in foods – artificial trans fats and naturally-occurring ones. The latter is produced in the gut of some animals, and so, food made from them will contain small quantities (ie. meat and dairy products), but it’s negligible, unlike the former… the one we should really be worried about.

Artificial trans fats (or trans fatty acids) are actually just liquid vegetable fat/oil that have gone through the industrial process of adding hydrogen to make make them more solid. This increases the shelf life and the flavor stability of oils and foods that contain them. Trans fat is commonly found in margarine, shortening, baked goods, fried food (coz can keep re-frying), creamer and so on. Words to look out for on food labels are “partially hydrogenated oils”.

Trans fat is considered by many doctors to be the WORST type of fat. In the hierarchy of fats, polyunsaturated fats which are found in vegetables are the good kind, they lower your cholesterol. Saturated fats have been condemned as the bad kind. But trans fats are much more teruk. They wreak havoc with the body’s ability to regulate cholesterol. They both raises your LDL (bad) cholesterol and lowers your HDL (good) cholesterol. Double trouble!

According to a recent study of some 80,000 women, for every 5% increase in the amount of saturated fat a woman consumes, her risk of heart disease increases by 17%. But only a 2% increase in trans fats will increase her risk of heart disease by 93%! Additionally, trans fat increases the risk of type 2 diabetes, coz it can cause a resistance towards insulin.

“Trans fat is an unnecessary toxic chemical that kills, and there’s no reason people around the world should continue to be exposed to it.” – Dr. Tom Frieden, former Director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Star2.com

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