The 2003 ban on the addition of artificial trans fats to food is estimated to have saved 1,200 lives in Denmark between 1991 and 2007.


September 5, 2022

In some parts of the world, artificial trans fats are added to products such as sweets to extend their shelf life at a low cost, but they have been linked to heart disease

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Denmark’s world-leading ban on artificial trans fats in food has significantly reduced the number of people dying from heart disease, particularly in disadvantaged groups.

“This is an excellent lesson showing that when governments set high standards around food, it can have a really important impact on the health of the population,” says Gary Sachs at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia. …

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