India’s top food regulator the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) plans to reduce the permissible trans fat content in fats and oils to 3% from the current 5% level by 2021.
“India is committed to the elimination of industrial trans fats in fats/oils and in foods containing fats/oils in a phased manner. The trans fat content in fats and oils has already been limited to 5 percent, and the notification to further reduce it to 3 percent by 2021, and to 2 percent by 2022 is under process. The regulation is also being extended to food products having fats or oils.” _FSSAI DRAFT NOTIFICATION.
On December 29, FSSAI brought out a gazette notification stating that the level of trans fats in oils and fats will not be more than 3% from January 1, 2021, onwards. The level shall be further reduced to 2% by January 1, 2022, onwards.
Most of the trans fats are present in processed food items containing partially hydrogenated vegetable oil. Trans fats are used to deep-fry foods because oils having trans fat can be used many times in commercial fryers. Trans fats are also used to develop desirable taste and texture, which is inexpensive also but very harmful to our health.
Why should you avoid trans fats?
- Consuming Trans fats raise the LDL (Low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol in our body and make you more likely to have heart disease.
- Trans fat lowers the good cholesterol called HDL (High-density lipoprotein)