Thursday, 23 Mar 2023
MoH prepares national plan to limit intake of trans fats

MoH prepares national program to limit intake of trans fats

MoH stated that it has ready a National Health Plan to market wholesome meals consumption. “The ministry seeks to minimise the use of saturated and hydrogenated fats, salt and sugar in food, which are directly related to diseases such as stress, diabetes, obesity and high cholesterol,” it mentioned in a circular issued in relation to “#Prevent hydrogenated oils” active on social media accounts.

“The plan envisages lab tests on most of the products and setting standards for manufacturers and importers as per an agreed timetable,” it mentioned.

Commenting on the hashtag “#Prevent hydrogenated oils” folks from a cross section of society poured their anguish to express their views and apprehensions concerning hydrogenated oils. Ibrahim Mahrouqi mentioned that there are about thousands of goods containing hydrogenated oils. Another social media user mentioned, “Anyone knows a bakery that does not use hydrogenated oil? Please tell me if there is one.”

The ministry stated that companies and importers require to specify nutrition details, which includes the maximum permissible limit, for each and every item.

The program also contains a neighborhood-wide awareness campaign. “The ministry has been implementing the plan in cooperation with the Ministry of Commerce and Industry and other related sectors, which is related to hydrogenated fats based on Gulf Standards Organisation (GSO) specifications.”

Trans fat and hydrogenated oil

Hydrogenated oil is a man-created meals substance that is employed broadly all through the meals provide for its price efficiency and technical benefits. Also recognized as trans fats, these oils have turn out to be much more recognized for their damaging well being effects.  Partially hydrogenated oils can impact heart well being since they boost ‘bad’ (low-density lipoprotein, or LDL) cholesterol and reduced ‘good’ (higher-density lipoprotein, or HDL) cholesterol. Partially hydrogenated oils are most generally discovered in foods that also have saturated fat, such as margarine, vegetable shortening, packaged snacks, baked foods, specifically readymade versions, prepared-to-use dough, fried foods and coffee creamers (each dairy and non-dairy).

Information Source: Muscat Daily

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