Countries with regulations against industrially produced trans fats tripled over the past year.

Forty countries now have best-practice trans fat elimination policies in effect, protecting 1.4 billion people from this deadly food compound, according to a report released on Tuesday by the World Health Organization (WHO).  

Around 940 million people living in high-income countries are protected by these policies, but no one living in low-income countries has the same regulatory protection, so far. 

Trans fat is an artificial compound that can be found in cakes, cookies, biscuits, packaged foods, cooking oils and spreads. WHO estimates that consumption of these fats cause around 500,000 deaths per year due to coronary heart disease. 


The UN agency has a global goal to eliminate it by 2023.