Will FDA Eliminate Trans Fats?

Preliminary finding could lead to listing partially hydrogenated oils as an unapproved additive.
1:35 | 11/08/13

Coming up in the next {{countdown}} {{countdownlbl}}

Coming up next:



Skip to this video now

Now Playing:


Related Extras
Related Videos
Video Transcript
Transcript for Will FDA Eliminate Trans Fats?
Now, more on the bombshell from the fda. The agency calling for all transfats to be removed from our foods. Abc news health and medical editor, dr. Richard besser, is here to tell us more on this new ruling. We know, the fda says it estimates that it can prevent 20,000 heart attacks and 7,000 deaths huge. Eliminating transfat. A lot of people are asking, is it going to change the taste of the food at all? Yeah. That's a good question. I don't think it will. In 2006, the fda required labeling of food. It has to list transfats. And yesterday, I went to the supermarket. And I went through the aisle. I was reading labels. And every food category, popcorn, or cookies or taco shells, some products had the transfats and some didn't. And the consumer is buying both of those. And as a consumer, you see a bag of chips, and it says 0% transfats on the front of the label. And that's not true. That's the heart of the story. They're not only saying no transfats. But there's a category of chemicals called partially hydrogenated oils. The first thing you want to do is check the nutrition label. If it says zero, you have to look at the ingredient list. And look for those words partially hydrogenated oil. If it says that, it means it has transfats and you want to avoid that. Could it possibly be replaced by something that's more harmful for us? Because it doesn't have transfats doesn't mean it's necessarily healthy. If using an artificial ingredient, the fda has to have it on the approved list. We're going to turn to the shooting death of a teenager

This transcript has been automatically generated and may not be 100% accurate.

{"duration":"1:35","description":"Preliminary finding could lead to listing partially hydrogenated oils as an unapproved additive.","mediaType":"default","section":"ABCNews/GMA","id":"20826395","title":"Will FDA Eliminate Trans Fats?","url":"/GMA/video/fda-eliminate-trans-fats-20826395"}