The Boston Public Health Commission applauds the FDA’s proposal to remove harmful artificial trans fat from the American diet. Under Mayor Menino’s leadership, Boston was ahead of the curve when it came to eliminating this ingredient from restaurant menus. Now, five years later, we know that consumers can still enjoy delicious food that is simply healthier.

It’s been clear for a number of years that artificial trans fat has no nutritional value in any quantity. It’s equally clear that consuming fewer trans fats lowers the risk for heart disease, which will save lives.

I’m encouraged that that major players in the food industry are already taking steps to come into compliance with the proposed regulation. It’s a positive sign that we’ve come to the right consensus on this issue, and I hope that the proposal will be implemented swiftly.

Dr. Barbara Ferrer is the Executive Director of the Boston Public Health Commission.