An end to trans fats?

first_imgA proposal issued today by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, if finalized, would effectively make trans fat in the food supply a thing of the past. The Gazette asked Professor Walter Willett, chair of the Department of Nutrition at the School of Public Health, to discuss the potential impact of the ruling, in policy and health. GAZETTE: What exactly has the FDA done today? Is there a chance the ban could be derailed during public comment?WILLETT: The FDA announced a determination that partially hydrogenated fats are no longer “generally regarded as safe” (GRAS). This requires a comment period before implementation, but I don’t think any reasonable person could now claim that they are regarded as safe because every major organization that has looked at this issue has concluded that trans fats (produced by partial hydrogenation) are harmful. Implementation of this determination will effectively eliminate trans fats due to partial hydrogenation from our food supply.GAZETTE: Can you talk a little about why this is so important, in terms of public health and how many lives may be saved annually?WILLETT: Even though about 75 percent of trans fats have been removed from our food supply already, millions of Americans are still consuming amounts that are harmful. The CDC has estimated that about 7,000 premature deaths could be avoided by eliminating the remaining trans fats. Other benefits are likely, including reductions in rates of heart attacks, diabetes, and obesity.GAZETTE: Have most restaurants and food manufacturers already eliminated the use of trans fats? Do you expect any really meaningful resistance to the proposal?WILLETT: Yes, most but not all restaurants and food manufacturers have already eliminated trans fats. I don’t think there will be substantial resistance; it will probably become difficult to obtain trans fat because producers are likely to eliminate it.GAZETTE: So this seems like a pretty big advance for public health advocates. Is there a similar victory over the last 10 or 20 years to compare it with?WILLETT: The earlier steps in reducing trans fat were also important victories, including requiring trans fat on food labels and banning of trans fat from restaurants, which was done at city and state levels. We have had some important victories on smoking reduction, but again this has been mainly at city and state levels.GAZETTE: Any words of caution? Do you worry that after a major change like this there’s any risk of complacency in other areas of concern? For example, the person who says, “Well now that I don’t have to worry about trans fats, I can have the extra portion.”WILLETT: I don’t worry much about complacency due to trans fat elimination. By getting trans fat off the table entirely, we can redirect efforts to the many other aspects of our diet that need attention.For more: Spotlight on trans fatslast_img read more

Xavier Amaechi deletes all trace of Arsenal from Instagram after Unai Emery snub

first_imgAdvertisement Metro Sport ReporterThursday 11 Jul 2019 3:14 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link506Shares Advertisement Xavier Amaechi has not been included in Arsenal’s squad for the pre-season tour of America (Picture: Getty)Xavier Amaechi has deleted all traces of Arsenal from his Instagram account after he was left out of Unai Emery’s 29-man squad for the upcoming pre-season tour of America.The 18-year-old impressed for Freddie Ljungberg’s Under-23 side last season and with the Swede having recently been promoted to Emery’s first team coaching set-up, Arsenal promising crop of youngsters are expected to be given chances to stake claims for first team opportunities.Emery included the likes of Reiss Nelson, who spent last season on loan at Hoffenheim, Emile Smith Rowe, Bukayo Saka and Tyreece John-Jules in the touring party ahead of matches against Colorado Rapids, Fiorentina, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid.AdvertisementAdvertisementAmaechi, however, has been left behind and will remain with the U23 side now coached by Steve Bould.ADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Commentcenter_img Xavier Amaechi deleted all traces of Arsenal from his Instagram account (Picture: Getty)The talented winger was reportedly annoyed with Emery after he was included in Arsenal’s Europa League final squad but snubbed for a place on the bench despite the Spaniard being permitted to name 12 replacements.Amaechi’s current contract expires at the end of next season but Bayern Munich are already said to be plotting a move.Arsenal have lost other promising talents in recent years, such as Chris Willock and Marcus McGuane to Benfica and Barcelona respectively, and would expect a decent fee should any club try to prise Amaechi away this summer.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Xavier Amaechi travelled with the Arsenal squad to Baku for the Europa League final but failed to make the bench (Picture: Getty) Xavier Amaechi deletes all trace of Arsenal from Instagram after Unai Emery snublast_img read more

2020 ITTF Africa Top 16 Cup: Algerian star eager to halt dominance of Quadri, Assar

first_imgRelatedPosts Aruna Quadri’s uncommon qualities stand him out, says Oshodi Quadri Aruna leads Africa to World Cup Aruna’s arrival attracted interest in Germany — TTBL After hobnobbing with the heavyweights in several major competitions, Sami Kherouf alongside Mohamed Boudjadja at the 2019 African Games became the first set of Algerian players to win gold medal at the multi-sports tournament. The men’s doubles title was celebrated by the government of Algeria and again Kherouf is hoping to go beyond this at the 2020 ITTF Africa Top 16 Cup in Tunisia. The 31-year-old has been listed among the cast for the ITTF Africa Top 16 Cup in Tunisia from February 24 to 26 and the 31-year-old is leaving no stone unturned in his quest to halt the dominance of Aruna Quadri and Omar Assar. He said: “I am preparing for the ITTF Africa Top 16 Cup like every African competition with the ambition to do better than the last edition. “My main goal in Tunisia is to win a medal at Africa Top 16 Cup.” Being his third appearance in the tournament, Kherouf has been threatening the old order and believes he might alter the order this year. He boasted: “I don’t set a specific goal as the dream of every player is to win tournament and this is my ambition which is the will to go farther. “I am not bothered about the seeding list as seeding can be altered on table. “I don’t care about the rating as I am aiming to win every game I play. “I believe the ranking will change after the tournament.” Also, the President of Tunisia Table Tennis Federation, Lotfi Guerfel, has assured of the country’s readiness to stage a befitting tournament. Guerfel said: “Everything is ready. “We started planning for the events when the announcement was made that Tunisia will host the two tournaments at the Annual General Meeting of African Table Tennis Federation in Morocco in 2019. “We have booked the venue, arrangement for the hotel has been made, while officials of the African Federation have also come for inspection of facilities. “For us, hosting a major competition is the best way to promote table tennis more in Tunisia and it is an opportunity to talk about table tennis in the media as well as to get equipment donations from ITTF.” Acknowledging the quality of players, Guerfel said: “The best players are from Egypt, Nigeria, Tunisia and Algeria. “This was again confirmed at the 2019 African Games in Morocco with the emergence of individual talents like Ibrahima Diaw of Senegal and Sarah Hanffou of Cameroon.”Tags: 2019 African Gamesaruna quadriITTF AfricaMohamed BoudjadjaSami Kherouflast_img read more

Dodgers World Series tickets will cost big bucks in secondary market

first_imgDemand at Dodger Stadium has long been high. The Dodgers led the majors in attendance for the fifth consecutive season in 2017, averaging 46,492 fans per game. More than 3.7 million people came through the turnstiles. Capacity at Chavez Ravine is listed at 56,000.Yankees fans searching the marketplace will have it only marginally better should their team beat the Houston Astros in the American League Championship Series to advance to the World Series.Tickets for a possible first home game of the World Series at Yankee Stadium ranged from $417 to $15,927 Thursday night on ticketnetwork.com. The high-end ticket will gain the holder entrance to the plush Legends Suite which, according to the team’s web site, offers “first-class accommodations, with seating options so close to the action you could make the call at home plate” and “the finest dining experience in all of sports.”Bon appetit. In the market for tickets to the World Series? Prepare yourself for some sticker shock.The secondary market appears to be the way to go for those who are determined to see the Dodgers play a World Series game for the first time since 1988. And some of the prices will make your head spin, or your credit card max out.As of Thursday night, tickets for a possible World Series Game 1 at Dodger Stadium started at $925 on StubHub.com, up nearly $200 since the same time on Wednesday. Most of the seats in that price range were in the upper deck.  Among the tickets listed under “best value” were Field Box seats between home plate and the first-base dugout, listed at $2,800 range.Related Articles Dodgers slam Cubs, reach first World Series since 1988 NLCS Game 5 Dodgers highlights: Kiké Hernandez slams Cubs center_img For the money-is-no-object crowd,  there were Dugout Club seats listed at $21,500. Each. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more