In 2006, federal labeling regulations went into effect that demanded the labeling of trans-fats content on product nutrition labels. Many food manufacturers responded by changing their product formulations to remove the partially hydrogenated oils responsible for the trans-fats in our food. As Food Navigator reports, consumption has decreased from 6.1 grams per person per day to 1.3 grams. This is great news.
Artificially created trans-fats have been shown to increase bad cholesterol levels and lead to cardiovascular disease. Thus, the FDA labeling requirement was an important one.
Food manufacturers mourned the new requirement, because trans-fats had been a cheap way to manufacture solid fats from non-animal sources and maintain long shelf life. Somehow they managed to figure out healthier alternatives and survive.
This is a great example of a public health measure that would never have happened if the food industry was left to its own devices. One can only imagine the number of heart attacks that have been prevented and how much money has been saved.
Think about that when contemplating GMO labeling, providing information on added sugars, and other