Activists start campaign to regulate processed fats

Trans-fats are common in such foods. PHOTO/COURTESY 

What you need to know:

  • Trans-fats are formed through an industrial process that adds hydrogen to vegetable oil- which causes the oil to become solid at room temperature.
  • According to the WHO, intake of such fats is associated with increased risk of coronary heart disease mortality accounting for approximately 500,000 annual premature deaths worldwide.

Health activists under their umbrella, Uganda National Health Consumers’ Organisation, (UNHCO) Thursday started a campaign ‘‘to get the country on track to regulate and replace the use and consumption of industrially-processed fats also known as trans-fats.’’


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