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FDA bans trans fats to get us heart healthy


The FDA has put its foot down when it comes to heart health.

The FDA announced Thursday it will require the food industry to gradually phase out all trans fats from our grocery shelves.

Foods like frozen pizza, chips, packaged cookies and cake mixes are just some of the foods that will take the hit.

Dieticians say we shouldn't see a change in how the food tastes.

"Big named restaurants like McDonald's and Burger King have done away with trans fats completely," said Shannon Purcell, a Clinical Dietician with Memorial Hospital in South Bend. "In 2006, the FDA mandated labeling for transfats."

Trans fats are known for increasing our bad cholesterol and lowering our good cholesterol which can lead to heart disease. The FDA says cutting trans fats could prevent nearly 20,000 heart attacks a year.

The Associated Press contributed to this story

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