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Trans fats

Joseph Leahy / St. Louis Public Radio

The Food and Drug Administration has a plan in the works that may affect your appetite. It wants to ban partially hydrogenated oils -- the major source of artificial trans fats in the U. S. food supply.

How will that impact St. Louis area bakeries, donut shops and grocery stores?

Like many mom-and-pop donut shops in St. Louis, the Donut Stop in Lemay fries with partially hydrogenated shortening – good for glaze retention, shelf life, and mouth feel.

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The FDA's proposed ban on trans fats and new heart disease prevention guidelines jointly released by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology have stirred up debate over best practices to improve heart health.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Jan. 19, 2012 - Kristin Bilyeu knows a lot about microwave popcorns, one of her favorite treats. When shopping at a supermarket in Columbia, Mo., one day, Bilyeu was looking at the different varieties when an extra label on the front of one of the colorful boxes caught her eye. Zero grams of trans fat, it said. It might have sounded like good nutrition to an unwary consumer. But a look at the label on the side of the box revealed that the manufacturer had traded ingredients high in saturated fat for the trans fat that had been removed.

Trans fats might be on the way out in Illinois

Apr 13, 2011
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Artificial trans fats might be escorted out of Illinois after House lawmakers passed a bill banning them in restaurants, school vending machines and other venues statewide, according to the Post Dispatch.

The bill, if passed in the Senate, would take effect Jan. 1, 2013.