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NICE calls for trans-fats ban

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has called for trans-fats to be banned in order to help prevent cardiovascular disease. The watchdog says that eliminating the artificial fats, which are found in fast food, biscuits and cakes, along with reducing salt and saturated fats would save the NHS £1bn.

NICE’s experts claim that 40,000 of the 150,000 annual deaths from cardiovascular disease - the biggest killer in the UK, comprising heart disease and strokes – are preventable.

[quote top=Vice chairman Professor Simon Capewell said:]Everyone has the idea that prevention is worthy but takes decades to be fulfilled. We were pleasantly surprised when we looked into this.

We found evidence from Poland, the Czech Republic and Cuba that changes in diet can lead to results with improved health in two to three years.

The targets on salt might seem quite challenging, but we're only calling for a 6% reduction each year. It's not like we want this done by Friday.

The amount of salt in bread has already gone down by 40% in the past five years thanks to a voluntary agreement with industry. Tastes adapt and people simply don't notice."
Despite protestations from the Food and Drink Federation that adequate reductions are already being made, Professor Sir Ian Gilmore, president of the Royal College of Physicians, praised the proposals. "Many of the diet-related recommendations made by NICE have the added benefit of costing the public purse little to nothing,[/quote]

"The profits of private firms ought not to take precedence when compared with the health of the more than four million people at risk in this country."