It's official, starting today trans fats are officially banned from Canadian food.
Although we've seen this coming for quite a few years, it still comes as a bit of a shock that the ban would be announced pretty much overnight.
Health Canada has now added trans fats to it's "List of Contaminants and Other Adulterating Substances." Although you may still be able to find some food on grocery store shelves that still contain artificial trans fat, it's now totally illegal for Canadian manufacturers to produce or even import foods that contain the harmful ingredient.
The question on everyone's minds right now is what food is really affected? Even more pressing, what how are these foods going to change in relation to the ban? It's no secret most (if not all) fast food restaurants rely heavily on trans fat in their products.
Not only does it allow for a much longer shelf life, but it can make food taste better. Chances are you consume trans fats every day without evening know it! The entire food industry revolves around it to make packaged and fast food what it is: healthy, but super delicious.
Your favourite foods that will be going under a massive change due to the ban are:
- Pastries (doughnuts, croissants, muffins, etc.)
- French fries
- Refrigerated dough products (cinnamon rolls, cookies, etc.)
- Frozen and fresh pizza
- Chips and crackers
- Most chocolate (bars and boxes)
- Coffee creamer
- Most icing and frosting
- Chicken nuggets
Yes, Quebec's official food, poutine, contains trans fats. Are you really that surprised though? It's unavoidable that the taste of fries and gravy in Canada will now be changed... hopefully for the better.
The list goes on to include foods you could get anywhere in Canada before, so there's no doubt the entire food industry has just been flipped on it's back.
Of course, fast food restaurants are currently in the worst hot seat yet. There's no doubt some of the most popular restaurants around will be taking a huge fall now that they can't add trans fat to their menu items.
Experts say it will be about three years before all foods containing trans fats will be eliminated from shelves. So now is the time to stock up if you really want to indulge in all your favourite snacks.
Canadian restaurant's menu items will change immediately though, so if you really want to see what impact the ban has in Canada just head over to McDonald's and see (or taste) for yourself how much a Big Mac really relied on trans fats.