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Make India Trans Fat Free

TRANS FAT HATAO! DIL BACHAO!

Details of Decision Makers:

Shri Harsh Vardhan,
Cabinet Minister, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
Room No. 348; ‘A’ Wing, Nirman Bhavan, New Delhi-110011

Shri Pawan Kumar Agarwal,
Chief Operating Officer, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI)
FDA Bhawan, Kotla Marg, near Bal Bhavan, Mandi House, New Delhi, Delhi 110002

Dear Sir/Ma’am,
I learnt about trans fat and the harmful effects it has on us. I was appalled to read the statistics on trans fat. It is now clear to me that I will first read the nutrition label to understand the amount of trans fat present in foods. I would not like to see trans fat loaded food on my plate any more. I would like to demand a trans fat free India and make it 2% by 2022.

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Did you know that more than 75,000 deaths have been reported so far due to high trans-fat intake in India, the highest in the world? Globally, 5.40,000 deaths are reported on account of Trans Fatty Acids.

Trans fats or Trans Fatty Acids (TFA) can be found both naturally and artificially in foods. While natural trans fat is present in very small amounts in certain animal products and whole milk and is not considered harmful, artificial trans fat causes a rise in LDL Cholesterol levels (Bad cholesterol) and lowers good Cholesterol (HDL). It also increases the risk of developing heart disease and stroke and is associated with a higher risk of causing Type II Diabetes. Trans fat which is made by adding hydrogen to liquid vegetable oils to make them more solid are largely present in vanaspati, margarine, bakery shortenings, and in baked and fried foods.

Homemade food if cooked in re-used oil is equally harmful as it is rich in TFA. Vanaspati oil which is usually used for frying which is a major source of trans fat. Trans fat is also said to be found in bakery products and processed food. So one of the best ways of avoiding trans fat free food is to read the nutrition and ingredients on the food labels before buying it.

As per Draft Notifications of FSSAI, the Indian Food Safety Regulator, limit of trans fats in the fats / oils will be not more than 3% by weight on and from January 01, 2021 and not more than 2% by weight on and from January 01, 2022.

Let’s sign the petition to demand FSSAI and MoHFW, to make India trans fat free!