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The World Health Organization (WHO) today praised Sri Lanka for banning trans fat, a type of fat that can increase the risk of heart disease and other health problems.

“Eliminating trans fat from the food supply is a cost-effective way to improve health,” said Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director of WHO South-East Asia. “Sri Lanka has once again shown its commitment to protecting the health of its people.”

Trans fat is created when liquid oil is made into solid fat, a process called hydrogenation. Hydrogenated oils are often used in processed foods because they have a long shelf life and are inexpensive. However, trans fat can raise bad cholesterol levels and lower good cholesterol levels, increasing the risk of heart disease and stroke.

The WHO recommends that countries eliminate trans fat from their food supply. In 2018, WHO released REPLACE, a step-by-step guide to help countries achieve this goal.

Sri Lanka is the latest country in the WHO South-East Asia Region to ban trans fat. Other countries in the region that have banned trans fat include Thailand, India, and Bangladesh.

The WHO is working with countries in the region to help them eliminate trans fat from their food supply. The WHO believes that eliminating trans fat can save millions of lives.

Benefits of banning trans fat

Banning trans fat can have a number of benefits, including:

  • Reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke
  • Reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes
  • Reducing the risk of obesity
  • Improving overall health and well-being

How to replace trans fat

Trans fat can be easily replaced with healthier alternatives, such as:

  • Unhydrogenated oils
  • Olive oil
  • Coconut oil
  • Avocado oil
  • Sunflower oil

These oils are healthier than trans fat and do not increase the risk of heart disease or other health problems.