Posted on May 9, 2019, 10:17 PM IST
DONT LET YOUR TASTE BUDS KILL YOU
There have been ominous forethoughts that the next cause of an epidemic or a battle shall be food. We have come a long way since the good old days and the essence of eating has changed. Food is not what it used to be. It is not wholesome, healthy, fresh, organic or natural. The only augmentation that has happened is in the taste. The food is tastier than ever but we have paid a very heavy price for this taste.
Trans fat or Trans unsaturated fatty acids is a naturally found unsaturated fat but their quantity produced by natural sources is very meagre. Industries started producing Trans fat in 1950s and there has been no looking back ever since. It is a widely used preservative. What needs to be noted is that this kind of an unsaturated fat is the leading cause of coronary troubles all across the globe. The fatalities caused by Trans fat are immense as over 5 Lakh people die globally due to this one singular factor.
WHO (World Health Organisation) has partnered with International Food and Beverage Alliance (IFBA) in order to curb this deadly cause. The target stated by them is “Eliminating industrially produced trans fat is one of the simplest and most effective ways to save lives and create a healthier food supply.” Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who is the WHO director-general has quoted that ““The commitment made by the IFBA is in line with the WHO’s target to eliminate industrial Trans fat from the global food supply by 2023. Of particular note was the decision by IFBA members to ensure that the amount of industrial trans fat in their products does not exceed 2 gram per 100 g fat/oil globally by 2023.” This goal is in line and sync with the REPLACE action package which was designed and developed by the WHO in 2018. Owing to this target, WHO seeks the help of all oil and food producers all over the world to do their bit in eliminating the industrially produced Trans fat from the food supply.
A meeting was held between the WHO and IFBA representatives on 2nd May to discuss various aspects related to the problem and solutions concerning the industrially produced Trans Fats and to eliminate the production if industrially produced Trans Fat from the food supply by 2023.
The need for a through labelling on various products which are being sold as breast milk substitutes is also being greatly pressed upon. With reference to this meeting , Medanta founder and ace heart surgeon Naresh Trehan expressed his remarks by saying that India has the highest number of fatalities when it comes to coronary problems. He further emphasised the pressing need for adhering to this deadline.