Study shows trans fat ban saves lives

National trans fat ban starts in 2018
Study shows trans fat ban saves lives

Research showing a significant drop in heart attacks and strokes in counties in New York where trans fats are banned is validation of the advice health professionals have been giving patients for years.

The research, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association’s JAMA Cardiology shows a 6.2 percent drop in heart attacks and strokes where trans fats are banned.

In 2018 a national ban on trans fats will start. The hope is the results seen in New York will translate nationally.

“I think the study showing that drops in heart attacks and strokes is the impact that we’ll hopefully see in the rest of the country once we follow New York’s lead,” says Alicia Bosscher, a clinical nutritionist and registered dietician with UW Health.

Trans fats have been shown to raise LDL, or bad cholesterol in individuals while dropping levels of HDL, or good cholesterol. In doing so, it raises the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Bosscher says, until the national ban starts, the research points out the need to check food labels to check for trans fats.

“I would still worry because we know that even one gram of trans fat can be somewhat dangerous, so it is still important to stay vigilant and read labels,” says Bosscher.