Popular Hong Kong baked merchandise such as puff pastry is loaded with trans fat which can cause coronary heart sickness when consumed in excessive amounts, the town’s customer watchdog has warned.
One-quarter of the full baked desserts and puff pastries – or 19 out of 75 products – inside the Consumer Council’s examine had been found to have surpassed the advised daily intake of trans fat by the World Health Organisation and the Food and Agricultural Organisation.
Two samples of puff pastry cream soup and butter cake were determined to include the best degree of trans fats consistent with the sample, accomplishing as plenty as eighty-four in line with cent of the day by day limit.
Adults are cautioned not to devour greater than 2.2 grams of trans fat according to day in a 2,000 kcal weight loss program, in line with the hints of the 2 international bodies.
“Excessive trans fats consumption will not simplest boom ‘horrific LDL cholesterol’ within the blood, posing dangers to expand coronary heart sickness in the long run,” stated Dr. Henry Ng Chi-Cheung, a foremost clinical officer on the Centre for Food Safety, “it’ll also wreck the ‘excellent LDL cholesterol’.”
The take a look at included 75 neighborhood meals samples such as puff pastry cream soup, cakes, pies, biscuits, and Chinese pastry. Among them, puff pastry cream soup had the highest degree of trans fats, which became in particular contained within the pastry. The eight tested samples had been located to have trans fat levels starting from 0.Seventy five to 3.Four grams in step with 100g.
According to the council’s report, one piece of butter cake from St Logan Bakery in Sai Ying Pun accounted for as a good deal as eighty-four in step with cent of each day quota of trans fats. One bowl of the puff pastry cream soup from Cafe 360 in Sham Shui Po also accounted for the identical percentage with some eleven in step with cent of heavily produced trans fats.
Pak Sin Bakery, whose spouse cakes have been found with the very best stage of trans fats inside the Chinese pastries class, advised the council it agreed with the testing end result and hoped to decrease industrially produced trans fat by using 30 in step with cent by means of using exclusive elements.
Cafe 360 said the mass-produced trans fats came by and large from the puff pastry, a half-made product from a supplier which controlled the producing, and it would communicate with the supplier to peer if it may be in addition reduced.
The signature Mille crepes of Lady M, a popular cake save chain firstly from New York, used up 27 in keeping with cent of the upper limit of trans fats endorsed by way of the WHO.
“The evidently produced trans fat comes from dairy products inclusive of butter, vegetable oil, and cream, that are the primary substances of crafting Mille crepes,” a spokeswoman stated.
Although Hong Kong had no law on trans fat, Ng referred to the government became actively studying rules governing them in different international locations.
Apart from the herbal trans fat content in baked meals and pastries, ingredients with partially hydrogenated oil include industrially produced fat.
Nora Tam Fung-yee, the council’s studies and trying out committee chairwoman, stated that the truth a few samples have been discovered to be free of heavily produced trans fats indicated there was room to modify recipes, inclusive of choosing fit for human consumption oil free of industrially produced trans fat.