Indonesia can improve health by eliminating harmful trans fat

New data on trans fat content in Indonesia’s food supply show that almost 10 percent of foods tested exceeded the WHO-recommended threshold for trans fat, some food groups by as much as 25 percent. Trans fat increases risk of heart attack and stroke, but can be easily replaced with healthier oils without changing taste or recipes. In a new article published in the Jakarta Post, Dr. Renu Garg and N. Paranietharan discuss the importance of protecting people from this harmful toxin, particularly in Indonesia which is the world’s fourth-most populous country and risks becoming a dumping ground for trans fat-rich food products banned by other countries in the region.