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No more trans fat: FDA banning the artery-clogger

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Heart-clogging trans fats were once a staple of the American diet, plentiful in baked goods, microwave popcorn and fried foods. Now, mindful of the health risks, the Food and Drug Administration is getting rid of what's left of them for good.

Fox 2's Deena Centofanti gets the 411 on trans fat from registered dietician Tina Miller.

Miller describes trans fat as liquid oil that has been exposed to Hydrogen atoms to make it more solid. An example would be Crisco. The substance is common in foods because it increases shelf life and also makes the food taste better.

VIDEO: Click on the video player above to hear more from Miller in Centofanti's report

Condemning artificial trans fats as a threat to public health, the FDA announced Thursday it will require the food industry to phase them out.

Manufacturers already have eliminated many trans fats, responding to criticism from the medical community and to local laws, Even so, the FDA said getting rid of the rest - the average American still eats around a gram of trans fat a day - could prevent 20,000 heart attacks and 7,000 deaths each year.

It won't happen right away. The agency will collect comments for two months before determining a phase-out timetable. Different foods may have different schedules, depending how easy it is to find substitutes.

-The Associated Press contributed to this report

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