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Table Talk: The End of Trans Fats

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Each week, The Huffington Post presents a compelling topic to spark discussion at your dinner table.

Topic: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is moving to ban trans fats.

Story to read: The Associated Press explains the FDA’s plan.

What to say to your kids: The FDA — a government-run group that makes sure everyone has safe food and medicine — is taking steps to get rid of a type of ingredient in our food called trans fats. According to the AP, “Trans fats are used both in processed food and in restaurants, often to improve the texture, shelf life or flavor of foods.” You may have eaten foods that have trans fats in them — like popcorn, doughnuts, frozen pizza and canned frosting. However, they aren’t good for you, because they can clog up arteries and stop your blood from flowing throughout the body.

Questions for discussion:

• Do you think the FDA is right to want trans fats out of foods?

• Why do you think the FDA hasn’t banned trans fats before now?

• Can you name foods that you eat that have trans fats in them? (Hint: You can tell by looking at the ingredients on the package)

 

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