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WHO launched REPLACE to eliminate trans-fat by 2023

Published on May 16, 2018
The World Health Organization (WHO) has launched a comprehensive plan to eliminate industrially-produced artificial trans-fats from the global food supply by 2023.

  • REPLACE will provide guidance for all countries on how to remove artificial trans-fats from their foods so as to eradicate it worldwide.
  • REPLACE stands for review dietary sources, promote use of healthier fats, legislate, assess changes, create awareness and enforce.
  • Artificial trans-fats, or trans-fatty acids, are made when vegetable oil hardens. This process is called hydrogenation.
  • Those hydrogenated fats can be used in fried foods, snack foods or baked goods.
  • They are often used by the manufacturers as they have a longer shelf life than other fats.
  • They have some harmful health effects as they don’t spoil as quickly as other fats.
  • They lead to raising levels of "bad" LDL cholesterol and increasing risk of heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes.
  • In South Asian countries, they have a very high risk of heart disease.
  • Several high-income countries are already trying to eliminate trans-fat from their foods through laws limiting the amount that can be included in packaged food.

Expected Questions

Question 1. Which initiative has been launched by WHO to eliminate trans-fat in foods?

Question 2. Where are the Headquarters of WHO located?
Geneva, Switzerland

Question 3. Which was the 1st country to mandate restrictions on industrially-produced trans-fats?

Question 4. In which year was the WHO established?

Question 5. Who is the Director General of WHO?
Tedros Adhanom

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