Artificial Trans Fat: Toxic chemical in our food

By Akinbode Oluwafemi

Food! It provides our bodies with the nutrients we need to stay healthy and active. On three meals a day, we will consume more than 75,000 meals by age 70. Food has been termed “the essence of life.” Everyone has a right to healthy food.

The right to healthy food is a long-standing international human right to which many countries, including Nigeria, are committed. This right implies that sufficient food is available, people have the means to access it, and the food adequately meets people’s dietary needs.

Trans fats in food kill more than 500,000 people around the world per year, an analysis conducted on behalf of the American Heart Association suggests. In Nigeria, more than 1,200 people died from it in 2010, according to the study.

Trans fats, also known as trans-fatty acids, naturally occur in small, safe quantities in some meat and dairy products. They can also be industrially produced by partially hydrogenating vegetable oils, and it is these…

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