Thursday, November 7, 2013

Trans fat ban!

Whoa! This is big, and frankly, given that trans fats are right up there with cigarettes in terms of their direct and immediate danger to human health being beyond proven, I think this proposed federal ban is a good and gutsy move.

In today’s political environment, though, there’s bound to be pushback, both from big industry with its deep pockets, and from the large number of everyday Americans who’ve drunk enough right-wing Kool-Aid to be prepared to believe the worst of government, even in the face of a public-health proposal well rooted in scientific evidence to the contrary.

Start the popcorn popping, folks, in a pot full of sweet, safe Omega-3 fatty olive oil. This could get interesting.
F.D.A. Ruling Would All but Eliminate Trans Fats 
By Sabrina Tavernise The New York Times November 7, 2013
The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday proposed measures that would all but eliminate artificial trans fats, the artery clogging substance that is a major contributor to heart disease in the United States, from the food supply.
Under the proposal, which is open for public comment for 60 days, the agency would declare that partially hydrogenated oils, the source of trans fats, were no longer “generally recognized as safe,” a legal category that permits the use of salt and caffeine, for example.
That means companies would have to prove scientifically that partially hydrogenated oils are safe to eat, a very high hurdle given that scientific literature overwhelmingly shows the contrary.
Read the full story in The New York Times.