FDA Bans Trans Fats. Hooray!

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  1. newcastlefan

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    Whoopee?

    for the past 50 years the Federal govt has been telling generations that poly-unsaturated fats are healthy and should be used instead of natural fats like butter, lard, palm and coconut oils.

    McDonalds and Burger King french fries were actually healthy when prepared with beef tallow and unhealthy when they switched to unsaturated oils to comply with the FDA guidelines.

    Schools had to cook with poly-unsaturated fats in order to demonstrate that they were properly caring for the kids, and qualify for Federal assistance. Processed foods that did not switch to unsaturated fats had to label their foods as "unsafe" because your federal govt cares about you.

    Now the Feds have finally admitted what many people knew and have been saying for decades: unsaturated fats (aka trans-fats) are "baaaaad" and must be removed.

    Can the country sue the Feds for consistently providing misinformation and directly impacting excessive increases to early deaths from "circulatory inefficiencies" in the USA since 1960?

    on this Fathers' Day I think I would have liked my father to have lived a little longer had the FDA not effectively force fed the country trans-fats.



    http://www.forbes.com/sites/matthew...rans-fat-ban-is-a-triumph-of-good-government/

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced that it is banning companies from preparing foods with trans fats, artificially manufactured fats that have been shown to increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

    “It’s about time, “ says Kevin Marzo, Chief of Cardiology at Winthrop-University Hospital in Mineola, N.Y. “Trans fats are toxic. There is no minimal limit. As a toxic substance, they really shouldn’t be put into our food or used to cook our food.”

    In past analyses, the FDA has argued that eliminating trans fats from the food supply would prevent 20,000 heart attacks and 7,000 deaths every year, although with this announcement the agency would only predict that it would save thousands of lives.

    Trans fats entered the food supply more than a century ago, when a German chemist, Wilhelm Normann, learned that added hydrogen atoms could turn vegetable oil solid. His formulation of crystallized cottonseed oil was introduced in 1911 by Procter & Gamble PG -0.35% under the brand name Crisco.

    The FDA’s new ban, 104 years later, will mean that oils made in this way are no longer “generally recognized as safe” which, essentially, means that food companies can no longer put them in our food.

    For years trans fats were in all sorts of products, including forms of margarine that were popularized as alternatives to butter during World War II and as healthier alternatives to saturated fats in the 1960s. This was one case where the medical establishment was completely wrong.

    But in the 1990s the true toll of trans fats, which could be found in packaged cakes, peanut butter, pizza, and lots of other foods, started to become clear. On a calorie by calorie basis, trans fats seem to increase heart disease risk more than any other nutrient, and unlike other fats, sugars, or carbohydrates, they have no nutritional benefit.

    For every 2% increase in the amount of energy people get from trans fats, their risk of heart disease increased 23%, according to one pooled analysis of four prospective studies involving a total of 140,000 patients. Studies that looked at the relationship between the amount of trans fats in people’s body fat showed an even higher risk.

    What’s really terrifying about this is until the FDA mandated that food labels tell consumers how much trans fat was in their snacks in 2006, there was almost no way for someone who was concerned to avoid them. In 2007, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg banned restaurants from using trans fats in cooking.

    It was the right call. Since trans fats have no benefits and can only cause harm, the best solution is to ban them from food manufacturing entirely. We all pay the costs of using them through higher insurance premiums and hospital costs.

    The big question this raises, obviously, is what else is in our food that is harming us? And the answer is that we don’t know. “We’re continually studying and we’re continually learning,” says Kirk Garratt , director of interventional cardiology research at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York. “It wasn’t an evil plot on the part of some corporate interest. It was just incomplete sceince. We still have incomplete science, and we’ll find out about mistakes we made in 2015.”

    The only solution is to fund more research – both in the FDA and outside it – to make sure we understand what we’re eating, and what risks we’re exposing ourselves to. Today, we ended a century-old industrial mistake that could have cost an untold number of lives – maybe a million? – and we need to be sure that we don’t make another one.

    But there’s no doubt that this decision–although too long in coming and still three years from taking full effect — should be remembered as the apex of what good regulation can do: allowing society as a group to protect ourselves from a substance that we probably couldn’t limit by mere market forces, and to save lives in the process.
     
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    High Fructose Corn Syrup should be next.
     
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    Fats are the new health craze.
     
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    if only. unsaturated fats causes you to die early. HFC causes you to lose parts of your body over years: you die slowly, as the docs hack off piece by piece while you are fully aware the whole time.

    When I was young, one of my grandmothers' long-time boyfriends was whittled away like that: every time he knew he would wake up from the surgery missing more of himself. i had never seen a grown man cry like that before. It would have been kinder to just kill him outright.

    Sugar doesn't do that to anyone but HFC does it all the time to everyone.
     
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    its not a craze: its an admission that the FDA has been poisoning the country for decades to support the processed foods and oil industries. I grew up and lived through the FDA endorsing margarines and fake fats derived from petroleum as healthy alternatives.

    We've only just agreed nationally that the normal fats in food are not bad and in many cases are good for us, while the crap that we've been force-fed by the FDA since 1960 is poison.

    That's not a craze: its waking up.
     
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    But it's only been in our food since 1970. :wtf:
     
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    Weren't trans-fats banned in New York years ago?
     
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    The FDA is good at killing people, no question about that
     
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    Why on Earth are cigarettes still legal?
     
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    margarine has been pushed since 1964. margarine is always made from oil.
     
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    you mean like how sugared sodas were banned in NY? or smoking in public, or smoking in restaurants in NY?

    in NYC you can do anything you can afford to do.
     
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    :cash:
     
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    Did he bathe in it?
     
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    because people are willing to pay big sales taxes to be able to get them.
     
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    who's "he"?
     
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    Your grandmothers long time boyfriend
     
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    cigarettes are actually very cheap to make and to buy. the taxes on them are many times higher than the cost of the pack. when i lived in Durham the Liggett tobacco company would drive up to the condos and drop off free master cartons of their brands. you could just walk up to the cases and take a few cartons of whichever brand you liked for free. costs Liggett pennies and made new customers for them.
     
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    no he had type 2 diabetes
     
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    LS/MFT!
     
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    I lived there before the Durham Bulls moved to their new stadium. We went to all the home games. tickets were $3.00 each. all stadium seating (on really uncomfortable wooden seats) and a bag of popcorn was $1.00. the season MVP was awarded a VCR.
     
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