Trans Fats To Be Banned in Canada By Next Year
Written By: Monday, September 18th 2017

Trans fats have will be banned in Canada effective September 15 2018.

Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor made the announcement that could help prevent 12,000 heart attacks over the next 20 years. The ban includes food made and sold in Canada, including restaurants. US manufacturers will also have to adhere to these standards unless otherwise authorized by Health Canada.

According to the Mayo Clinic in the US, trans fats are “the manufactured form of trans fat, known as partially hydrogenated oil, is found in a variety of food products, including…”

  • Baked goods. Most cakes, cookies, pie crusts and crackers contain shortening, which is usually made from partially hydrogenated vegetable oil. Ready-made frosting is another source of trans fat.
  • Snacks. Potato, corn and tortilla chips often contain trans fat. And while popcorn can be a healthy snack, many types of packaged or microwave popcorn use trans fat to help cook or flavor the popcorn.
  • Fried food. Foods that require deep frying — french fries, doughnuts and fried chicken — can contain trans fat from the oil used in the cooking process.
  • Refrigerator dough. Products such as canned biscuits and cinnamon rolls often contain trans fat, as do frozen pizza crusts.
  • Creamer and margarine. Nondairy coffee creamer and stick margarines also may contain partially hydrogenated vegetable oils.