Chef Marshall was interviewed recently by Fox 9’s Rob Olson about the FDA’s mandate that the food industry phase out artificial trans fats over the next 3 years. The FDA has decided to label partially hydrogenated oils (PHO) as NOT generally recognized as safe (GRAS) for consumption. These PHOs are the primary source of trans fats. The FDA wants these removed from foods to help reduce the incidence of coronary artery disease, which has ravaged America’s health for the past several decades.
Chef discussed with Fox9 that it is hard to know whether PHOs are in food because the nutrition labels aren’t very clear. If a product has 0.49 grams or less per serving, it can be labeled as “0 grams of trans fat per serving,” but one can still find partially-hydrogenated oils listed in the ingredients list. 0 grams per serving may not be a bad thing if you’re only eating something containing PHO’s once in a while and if you eat the portion size indicated on the label, but the reality is that most people are eating foods these foods almost every day and in quantities greater than the label’s portion size.
The segment also mentioned the good fats that people should be eating to help improve their mental clarity. These fats are especially important in helping children’s brains develop to their fullest potential. Good fats are contained in nuts and seeds like walnuts and almonds, in fatty fish such as salmon, in foods such as olives and avocados and in minimally refined oils like olive and coconut oils.