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Nigeria should start its Trans Fat Free now

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By Okunloye Abiodun

Industrial trans fat is bad and increases cardiovascular disease risk - WHO.

The World Health Organization (WHO) had to intervene to prohibit the use of industrially produced trans-fat in food production as evidence displayed that it is toxic and raises cardiovascular disease risk factors. In 2018, the WHO introduced the REPLACE package with the goal of removing all trans fats from the world’s food supply. WHO collaborated with countries all over the world to get them to sign up for this initiative. The REPLACE package’s goal is to provide a feasible framework that will assist countries in eliminating artificially added harmful fats from all foods by 2023, which is only a few weeks away.

A diet high in trans-fat is associated with elevated levels of bad cholesterol and a corresponding drop in good cholesterol. There are two kinds of trans fat: the natural kind called ruminant trans-fat, and the unnatural kind that is made in factories. The natural form is found in foods like meat and dairy products. They are made by bacteria in the stomachs of animals when they eat grass. They don’t hurt the health of the consumer, so there’s no reason to worry about them. Industrial trans-fat, which is unhealthy, is produced artificially. The WHO said Trans fats are made in factories and can be found in hardened vegetable fats like margarine and ghee. They are often found in snack foods, baked goods, and fried foods. Often used by manufacturers because they last longer than other fats.

Nigeria should review its 2005 legislation on fat and oils.

Before the coronavirus struck in 2019, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) acted in response to a policy advocacy campaign led by Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in Nigeria to check its 2005 regulations on fats and oils in order to reflect the international standard and address the public’s desire for food free of toxic substances, particularly trans-fat. Even though the COVID-19 pandemic presented a lot of problems, the agency opened its arms to campaigners, advocates, researchers, and everyone else who had a stake in the situation. They could all contribute to the process and help Nigerians stay safe.

Since Nigerians are the intended beneficiaries, all initiatives aimed at achieving the 2023 deadline have been designed to support them and ease adaptation for Nigerians. Some of these are street awareness, vox pops, making the community aware, and school visits. Media engagements were also done on both traditional and new media platforms. More than 100 journalists from all over the country were trained, and a group of young individuals with digital and advocacy skills was found and built to spread the message to both the government and the public.

The REPLACE framework is channeled at eliminating trans-fat.

Over the past two years, Nigeria has worked with relevant agencies and stakeholders on four of the six modules of the REPLACE framework, which stands for Review, Promote, Legislate, Assess, Create, and Enforce simultaneously. But this two that are, Legislate and Enforce, are the most important. To achieve the Nigeria’s 2023 goal, the country needs to publish the “Fat and Oils, Regulations” as soon as possible. This would put Nigeria on the enviable list of countries that have laws against the use of trans fat in food or at least limit it to 2g/100g, which is considered safe.

Policy watchers think Nigeria could perhaps do even more because the goal for 2023 is to get rid of it completely. This can only happen if mandatory regulations are put in place and enforced for the industry players instead of the voluntary regulations proposed by several food producers who would rather make this a campaign to change people’s behavior and continue to put their profits ahead of the public’s health. By getting rid of trans fats from Nigeria’s food supply, the risk of heart disease will go down, people’s health costs will go down, and people’s health will get significantly better.

Nigeria and decision-makers should work to curb the regulations bottleneck.

Moreover, politics and holiday planning are in the spotlight as the year comes to a close. The festive season, which will see an increase in the consumption of packaged and fried foods, also carries some risks because Nigerians tend to eat excessively during this time. It is also the right time for key decision-makers to step up and take decisive action to get the regulations done by getting rid of the bureaucratic roadblocks that are keeping the regulations from being published and saving the lives of thousands of Nigerians.


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NAFDAC: Website

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jdpumping
jdpumping
1 year ago

I am in total support of this because of high consumption of cholesterol infood intake which is bad for health and our government needs to review the law on it in order to start their trans fat free now

Remi1
Remi1
1 year ago

Trans fats, according to the WHO, are produced in factories and are present in solid vegetable fats like margarine and ghee. It is advisable to avoid industrially generated ines because they are unhealthy.

Abusi
Abusi
1 year ago

This is very applaudable. The transfer of trans – fat should be made available. It will help to maintain our healthy leaving

Kazeem1
Kazeem1
1 year ago

it is excellent that the World Health Organization (WHO) developed the replace package with the intention of purging all trans fats from the food supply of the world.

Chibuzor
Chibuzor
1 year ago

In just a few weeks, all artificially added harmful fats will be banned from all foods, and the Replace package aims to provide a workable framework to help countries make this happen.

Christiana
Christiana
1 year ago

This deserves a great deal of praise. It is recommended that the transfer of trans fat be made available. It will assist in ensuring that our healthy lifestyle continues.

Tolaniiii
Tolaniiii
1 year ago

Getting rid of trans fats from Nigeria’s food supply will greatly improve people’s health, reduce the prevalence of heart disease, and lower healthcare costs.

Bola12
Bola12
1 year ago

As challenging as the COVID-19 pandemic was, the agency welcomed activists, advocates, researchers, and anyone else with a vested interest in the matter.

Adeolastan
Adeolastan
1 year ago

This is a good development from the WHO to cut trans-fat usage by as all food processing industry and I don’t expect any government agency or parastalta responsible in enact law that will support the initiative to be sluggish.

theApr
theApr
1 year ago

It’s essential we start getting rid of trans-fat from our food supplies. Also food manufacturing company should also be advised to desist from using industrially manufactured fat, considering all the disadvantages it brings

Hassan Isa
Hassan Isa
1 year ago

It has been shown that eating a lot of trans fat causes your bad cholesterol to rise while your good cholesterol drops. Ruminant trans-fat, which occurs naturally, and hydrogenated vegetable oil are the two types of trans fats.

Nwachukwu Kingsley
Nwachukwu Kingsley
1 year ago

The spontaneous variety is produced by bacteria in the gastrointestinal tracts of ruminants after they digest grass, and this form is then found in foods like meat and dairy products.

Taiwoo
Taiwoo
1 year ago

There has never been a better opportunity for important decision-makers to step up and take immediate action to get the regulations done, publish them, and save the lives of thousands of Nigerians.

Godsewill Ifeanyi
Godsewill Ifeanyi
1 year ago

Removing trans fats from Nigeria’s food supply can greatly improve people’s health, reduce the prevalence of heart disease, and save money on medical care.

Adesanyaj72
Adesanyaj72
1 year ago

Having read that eating a lot of foods rich in cholesterol is hazardous for your health, I fully agree that our government should reevaluate the current law in order to implement their trans fat free now policy.

Iyanu12345ogg
Iyanu12345ogg
1 year ago

This is a good development from the WHO to cut trans-fat usage by as all food processing industry. It will assist in ensuring that our healthy lifestyle continues.

SarahDiv
SarahDiv
1 year ago

The regulatory bodies should jump into action and curb the use and production of Tran fat. It is most unfortunate that some of these companies using trans fat will still bribe their way through to carryout the production.

DimOla
DimOla
1 year ago

Please WHO should swing into action in Nigeria and help in collaboration with our government to sign an agreement edible oil producing companies to produce Trans fat free product.

Tonerol10
Tonerol10
1 year ago

Industrial trans fat is bad and increases cardiovascular disease risk. Everyone should know the important of eating the right food instead of eating fat and oil

Haykaylyon26
Haykaylyon26
1 year ago

People should know what they want to eat before eating there are some eat that is not good for the health due to some people condition industrial tran fat in processing food is bad and should not be consume nice who WHO cute the usage of it

Ultra0711
Ultra0711
1 year ago

Key decision-makers have a window of opportunity now greater than ever before to complete the regulations, have them published, and avert the loss of thousands of lives in Nigeria.