Awareness programme held on trans fat for students

Coimbatore, Nov. 13:

An awareness programme on trans fat for students was organized on Tuesday by the Food Safety department and consumer associations in the city. The programme was held at Rangammal School in association with Citizen Consumers and Civic Action Group and Citizens’ Voice Club. Mr Tamil Selvan, Designated Officer, Food Safety Department, Coimbatore district spoke on the harmful effect of trans fats, avoiding eating of foods prepared with trans fats and the use of plastics.

Trans fats have been classified into two categories namely beneficial and hazardous. Artificial trans fats are created in an industrial process that adds hydrogen to liquid vegetable oils to make them more solid. Since they are easy to use, inexpensive to produce and last a long time, and give foods a desirable taste and texture, they are still widely used despite their harmful effects being well-known.

Since the impact of trans fats on human health is increasing exponentially, it is very important to create awareness about them. This campaign will concentrate on the demand side (consumers), who in turn, will push the supply side (food manufacturers) to come up with various strategies in order to reduce and later replace trans fats.

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has aimed to create awareness about trans fats and eliminate them in India by 2022. Studies have recently shown that 60,000 deaths occur every year due to cardiovascular diseases, which in turn arecaused due to high consumption of trans fats.

Since the impact of trans fats on human health is increasing exponentially, it is very important to create awareness about them.  More than 1000 students participated in the awareness programme. Ms Savitha Thirunavukkarasu and Keerthana Thangavel of Citizen Consumers and Civic Action Group and Jayaraman, founder of Citizens’ Voice Club also spoke on the occasion.

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