November 7th, the FDA made an announcement that it plans to ban trans fat, stating in a press release “…partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs), the primary dietary source of artificial trans fat in processed foods, are not ‘ generally recognized as safe’ for use in food'”.
So… what exactly does that mean? We asked Valerie Waters, RDN, in-store nutritionist for MARTIN’S Food Stores in Richmond to help us sort it out for us.
RM: What is trans fat?
RM: Shouldn’t we avoid all fats? What makes trans fat different?
RM: If the ban goes into effect, will we taste or see a difference in our food?