FDA Banning Trans Fats?

From the Show: Train Your Body
Summary: Are your favorite fried and junk foods about to change? And for the better?
Air Date: 11/12/13
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Felicia Stoler, PhD
felicia stoler close upDr. Felicia Stoler is a registered dietitian, exercise physiologist and expert consultant in disease prevention, wellness and healthful living. She has a bachelors from Tulane University, a masters in applied physiology and nutrition from Columbia University and her doctorate in clinical nutrition from UMDNJ. Felicia serves on many local, state and national committees related to health and wellness. Felicia is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine and is a Fellow of the ACSM. Felicia is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and is on the House of Delegates.

Dr. Stoler hosted the second season of TLC's groundbreaking series Honey, We're Killing the Kids!, which took aim at the unhealthy lifestyles of families, across the country, in an effort to motivate them to make positive changes. She is the author Living Skinny in Fat Genes™: The Healthy Way to Lose Weight and Feel Great (Pegasus) which was featured in USA Weekend among the top "must have" books in 2011. She has been a contributor for and written several book chapters. Stoler authored the ACSM's Current Comment on Childhood Obesity.

Felicia has been on many national and local television and radio programs across the U.S. She is one of the most sought-after nutrition/fitness experts for TV, radio, newspapers and magazines. Felicia is passionate about helping people live healthier lives – and practices what she preaches. She maintains a private practice and provides consulting and public speaking. Felicia is the mother of two children and step mom of one – living in NJ.
 FDA Banning Trans Fats?
Recent headlines reveal the FDA's latest health tactic: the agency will require the food industry to gradually phase out all trans fats, because they consider them to be a threat to health and wellness.

Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said the move could prevent 20,000 heart attacks a year and 7,000 deaths.

Trans fats have been a big part of the American diet for many years.

These dangerous fats exist in baked goods, fried foods and even cookies and snacks targeted to children.

A movement to decrease trans fats in foods has been slowly growing. But because of the health risks associated with trans fats, the Food and Drug Administration is finally getting rid of the ones that still hang on.

Artificial trans fats are a threat to public health, the FDA announced, and it will require the food industry to phase them out once and for all.

Dr. Felicia Stoler, PhD,and Melanie Cole, MS, discuss what this new ban means for you and your family, as well as if it can truly make you healthier in the long run.