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Banning trans fatty acids will reduce risk of heart attacks, study says

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 20 April 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:931
  1. David Spurgeon
  1. Quebec

    Virtually eliminating the amount of trans fatty acids in industrially produced food could avert between 72 000 (6% of the total) and 228 000 (19%) coronary heart events each year in the United States, a new US and Dutch review study concludes (N Engl J Med 354;1601-13).

    The amount of trans fats in packaged snack foods, bakery products, deep fried fast food, margarine, and packaged snacks such as tortilla chips increases consumers' risk of cardiovascular disease, coronary heart disease, and sudden death from cardiac causes, say the researchers, from Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health in …

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