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Several people in Abilene say the FDA should let them make their own choice about trans fats

By Jennifer Kendall, jkendall@ktxs.com
Published On: Nov 08 2013 09:10:53 PM CST
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ABILENE, Texas -

The Food and Drug Administration proposed measures Thursday to ban trans fats completely.

The agency said that partially hydrogenated oils, which are the source of trans fats, are no longer recognized as safe, but some people in Abilene said they want the government to stay out of it.

"This is America were supposed to be able to eat what we want," said Kerry Gottschalk who said he doesn’t agree with the ban.

Total Nutrition manager Aaron Ortega didn’t have an opinion on the issue, but he said trans fats have many negative effects.

"It increases the risk of heart disease, stroke, clogged arteries and it raises the bad cholesterol," said Ortega.  

The FDA says banning trans fats completely could prevent 20,000 heart attacks and 7,000 deaths from heart disease every year, but it would mean cutting out some of your favorite foods. Some frozen pizzas, frosting, margarine, and microwave popcorn contain a few grams of trans fats.

Several people in Abilene said they think the FDA should let them make their own decisions about what they eat.

"Well I'm not too sure I want the government to do that," said Joann Denson who thinks what people eat should be their own choice.

"I understand there are a lot of health issues with it, but again, America has a lot of money and we’re supposed to spend it on what we want, do what we want, have the freedom of choice," said Gottschalk.

The proposal is open to public comment for 60 days before the FDA determines a phase-out timetable.