What if you could help save almost 10,000 lives with the click of a button?
Supporting this ban of trans fats can help accomplish just that.
This petition seeks to eliminate foods containing excessive amounts of trans fats in the state of California by banning trans-fats from the sale of packaged foods. According to the US Center for Disease Control as well as the Mayo Clinic, the excess consumption of trans-fats in food can lead to an increase of a whole host of serious health complications, such as heart disease, obesity, and stroke. This petition moves to isolate and remove the greatest source of trans fat in the diets of all Californians by petitioning Governor Jerry Brown to ban trans fats from the sale of packaged food in the state.
Artificial Trans fats, commonly referred to as trans fats, are created when liquid plant oils are chemically processed to more closely resemble solid or partially solid fats. Trans-fats are frequently used ingredients in many different types of food because they increase the food’s shelf life, add texture, and are less expensive than similar, naturally occurring ingredients.
According to the Center for Disease Control, trans-fats cause an increase in low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or “bad” cholesterol, which lines the arteries and veins of the body with deposits of fat, or plaques. These fatty plaques create a myriad of physical barriers that constrict the movement of blood and oxygen throughout the body. This risk factor—the building up of fat deposits in arteries and veins—contributes to coronary heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States. Thus, trans-fats pose a serious public health risk because of their role in heart disease and other related diseases.
Per US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) estimates, 10,000-20,000 heart attacks and 3,000-7,000 coronary heart disease deaths could be prevented each year in the US by reducing trans fat consumption and avoiding artificial trans fats.
There are two ways to avoid trans fats: spending a significant amount of time checking each label or banning trans fats from packaged foods all together. Checking labels can be time intensive and misleading. However, an outright ban of trans fats would eliminate all the guess work around avoiding such a harmful substance.