Artificial Trans Fats Are Now Banned in Canada

Canadian government department Health Canada has officially added artificial trans fats, also known as trans-unsaturated fatty acids or trans fatty acids to its "List of Contaminants and Other Adulterating Substances," according to a CBC News report.

The decision taken by the department responsible for national public health in Canada comes as a consequence of legislation that received the support of a vast majority of Canadian MPs 15 years ago.

Trans fats are a class of unsaturated fats produced on an industrial scale since the 1950s and known to have the effect of raising the levels of low-density or bad lipoprotein cholesterol, while at the same time decreasing the quantity of high density or bad lipoprotein cholesterol.

Health Canada took the final steps to ban the trans fats during September 2017, when it decided to remove partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs).

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