Trans Fat Ban Could Change Junk Food for the Better

A new FDA effort could alter everything from doughnuts to frozen pizza — here's why that's good news

There's a lot to love about trans fats, the partially hydrogenated oils that smooth texture, stabilize flavor and improve shelf life in everything from crackers to doughnuts to microwave popcorn. But there's also a lot to hate, starting with their link to heart disease, which is why the Food and Drug Administration may outlaw them for good.

On Nov. 7, the FDA announced that it is starting the process of eliminating artificial trans fats from the U.S. food supply. The move follows the passage of local laws in New York and California that banned trans fats in restaurants in 2006 and...

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