Food companies want to keep trans fat in certain food products

Trans fat has been linked to a rise in bad cholesterol

CHICOPEE Mass. (WWLP) – Food companies are pushing the FDA to allow them to keep artery clogging fat in some foods.

Popcorn, pie crust, brownies, cereal, and shortening. Those are some of the foods that companies want to remain unhealthy.

According to the Associated Press, food companies want the FDA to allow them to maintain the use of trans fat in those foods. This, after the FDA announced in June they’d require companies to get rid of trans fat — calling it a threat to public health.

Trans fat has been linked to a rise in bad cholesterol. Food companies say it helps improve the texture, shelf life and flavor of foods.

Debbie Slavitt of Northampton told 22News, “It’s not necessarily or not at all in their interest. They want to make money. People are buying these foods whether they are healthy for them, and they are gaining too much weight and having other health problems.”

The Grocery Manufacturer’s Association say food companies have already voluntarily lowered the amount of trans fat added to food products by 86%.

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