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Big news: Trans fats will be eliminated from the American diet

trans fats banThere are good fats and bad fats, and it’s been clear for a while which of those camps trans fats fall into. (Hello, heart disease!) On Tuesday, the Food and Drug Administration took a major leap forward in its efforts to eliminate those fats from the American diet. (Goodbye, partially hydrogenated oils!)

According to The New York Times, the FDA officially declared trans fats (which can be found in packaged foods like frozen pizza, crackers, and frostings, margarine, and fried foods) “unsafe” to consume and gave companies three years to rid their products of them.

The long-awaited change—after the agency required companies to label products containing trans fats in 2006—is expected to save thousands of lives. (It’s estimated it will prevent 20,000 heart attacks and 7,000 deaths from heart disease each year.)

“This is the final nail in the coffin of trans fats,” Michael F. Jacobson, executive director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, told the Times. “In terms of lives saved, I think eliminating trans fats is the single most important change to our food supply.” So long, trans fats—you will not be missed. —Emily Karr

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