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Governments slow to act to ban trans fats

Banning the use of trans fats has proven to be the most effective way to prevent the spread of major world diseases.

But many governments are refusing to implement bans as they don’t believe they work, a new study has found.

Researchers from the University of Sydney found that partial and total bans on the use of trans fats in Denmark, Canada, Brazil, Australia and the US had proven the most effective in removing the product from foodstuffs.

Trans fats, or trans fatty acids, are favoured in the fast food industry due to their cheap cost and longer shelf life.

The consumption of trans fats has been linked with an increased risk of non-communicable diseases, including cardiovascular disease, strokes and diabetes.

Read more at University of Sydney

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