A brief history of artificial trans fats
The Food and Drug Administration's decision to remove artificial trans fats from the American food supply was a long time coming. Public health experts and activists have been trying for nearly 20 years to get the fats removed from foods served in restaurants and sold in stores. In its announcement Thursday, the FDA said the ban would prevent 20,000 heart attacks and 7,000 deaths due to heart disease each year. Here's a look at the history of trans fats.
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The battle begins
Way back in 1994, the Center For Science in the Public Interest petitioned the FDA to require food makers to list trans fats on Nutrition Facts labels.