Topic – Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources.
5) What are Trans Fats. Discuss their impact on health and, measures taken by the government to decrease the consumption of trans fats. (250 words)
Why this question
FSSAI has recently launched a campaign to end consumption of trans fats by 2022. In this connection it is essential to discuss and understand trans fats in detail.
Key demand of the question.
The question wants us to write a detailed description of trans fats and also write in detail about the recent initiative of the government taken to decrease the consumption of trans fats.
Structure of the answer
Introduction– Write a few introductory lines about the trans fats. E.g Globally, trans fat intake leads to more than 500,000 deaths of people from cardiovascular disease every year etc.
- Discuss about the trans fats in detail. E.g There are two broad types of trans fats found in foods: naturally-occurring and artificial trans fats. Naturally-occurring trans fats are produced in the gut of some animals and foods made from these animals (e.g., milk and meat products) may contain small quantities of these fats. Artificial trans fats (or trans fatty acids) are created in an industrial process that adds hydrogen to liquid vegetable oils to make them more solid; Trans fats are easy to use, inexpensive to produce and last a long time. Trans fats give foods a desirable taste and texture. Many restaurants and fast-food outlets use trans fats to deep-fry foods because oils with trans fats can be used many times in commercial fryers etc.
- Discuss the health impact of consuming trans fats. E.g Trans fats raise your bad (LDL) cholesterol levels and lower your good (HDL) cholesterol levels. Eating trans fats increases your risk of developing heart disease and stroke. It’s also associated with a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
- Discuss the recent FSSAI initiative in this direction. E.g FSSAI has launched a new mass media campaign calling for the elimination of industrially produced trans fat in the food supply.Called “Heart Attack Rewind”, the 30 second public service announcement (PSA) – the first mass media campaign of its kind – will support FSSAI’s global target of eliminating trans fat in India by the year 2022, a year ahead of the global target by the World Health Organization (WHO) for complete elimination of trans fat. This is in line with its objective to get Freedom from ‘Trans Fat: India@75.
Conclusion- based on your discussion, form a fair and a balanced conclusion on the given issue.