Even with the ban in place, artificial trans fats won't be completely gone; they'll still be in already produced foods on store shelves across the country.
Artificial trans fats are particularly widely found in certain restaurants and fast-food chains because they can be reused to deep-fry foods over and over again in commercial fryers.
Canada put a ban on artificial trans fats into effect September 17, with Health Canada adding partially hydrogenated oils, the main source of trans fats in foods, to its "List of Contaminants and Other Adulterating Substances". We now know that trans fats raise levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or "bad" cholesterol in the blood, and lower high-density lipoprotein (HDL), or "good", cholesterol.
Now, Canada has installed a similar ban on artificial trans fats, nearly 15 years after a majority of MPs voted in support of it.
While the ingredient's objective in common foods is to extend their shelf life rather than influence the taste or texture of any of your treats, the loss of that ingredient is definitely going to change the way your favourite fried foods taste forever.
Besides it's health benefits to the population, Burton also said the ban is a plus for Canadian consumers. She added that, while it's possible that this could lead to regulatory bans on other unhealthy substances, Canada has to come up with replacement products first, "So that we don't run into problems where the alternatives may be equally as harmful".
In May 2018, the World Health Organization announced a large-scale plan to urge governments around the globe to eliminate the use of trans fats.
The federal government first unveiled the ban previous year, but gave the industry until now to adapt to the changes.
The ban applies to all packaged foods produced in Canada, as well as imported products, and foods served in food service establishments.
"As Minister of Health, I am very concerned with the rise in heart disease, which is one of the leading causes of death in Canada", said Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Canada's minister of health.
"But some products made before today, they could be there up to two years later.in two years it'll be completely eliminated", Arango said.
Although manufacturers will not be allowed to make new food with artificial trans fats starting this Monday, that doesn't mean Canadians will immediately not be exposed to them anymore.
Those trans fats that occur naturally in some animal products are not part of the ban.