Trans fat death:Bangladesh is at highest risk.

Trans fat death:Bangladesh is at highest risk. Bangladesh is one of the 15 countries at highest risk of dying from trans fat heart disease.  According to a report released by the World Health Organization (WHO) on September 9 (WHO REPORT ON GLOBAL TRANS FAT ELIMINATION 2020), about two-thirds of the world’s heart attacks due to trans fat consumption occur in 15 countries, including Bangladesh.

 

According to the report, trans fat is responsible for 4.41 percent of the deaths in Bangladesh each year. The United States, Canada, Latvia and Slovenia, which are on the list of 15 countries, have already adopted the WHO-recommended SWIM policy to eliminate trans fat, limiting the maximum amount of trans fat to 100 grams per 100 grams of all fats, oils and foods, or partially hydrogenated.

Trans fat death:Bangladesh is at highest risk.

The remaining 11 countries have called on Bangladesh, Iran, India, Mexico, Nepal, Pakistan, Korea, Egypt, Azerbaijan, Bhutan and Ecuador to take action as soon as possible. So far, a total of 57 countries have adopted the policy of eliminating trans fat. 

WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Gebreiusus spoke at a virtual event organized to mark the release of this global report.

“At a time when the whole world is battling the Kovid-19 epidemic and we must at the same time make every effort to protect human health,” he said.

Trans fat death:Bangladesh is at highest risk.

Researchers at the National Heart Foundation Hospital and Research Institute recently found that 92 percent of samples from Dhaka’s top PHO (Partially Hydrogenated Oil) brands had more trans fats than the WHO-recommended 2 per cent. The study analyzed the PHO sample in Dhaka and found the presence of trans fat up to a maximum of 20.9 g per 100 g of PHO sample, which is 10 times more than the WHO recommended MA.

In this case, it is important to set a maximum limit of 2% of total fats in all fats, oils and foods in the shortest possible time and to implement it.

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