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#1 DocM

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Posted 07 November 2013 - 21:14

http://touch.latimes...e/p2p-78088271/

The FDA announcement Thursday that it was moving to eliminate added trans fat from processed food means that microwave popcorn, frozen pizza, refrigerated dough, cookies and ready-to-use frostings are too much of a health risk. Yes, even that coffee creamer is trying to kill you.

The planned ban will also hit small restaurant chains that use the oil to deep fry food and to improve the texture of foods.

Many scientists and health officials believe there is no safe amount of trans fat. Trans fats are produced when hydrogen is added to vegetable oil to make it more solid. The result, artificially hydrogenated oil, is a culprit in clogged arteries that eventually lead to heart attacks.

Recall earlier this year when the Center for Science in the Public Interest deemed Long John Silver's Big Catch the worse meal in America. The fried fish plate, with hush puppies and onion rings, had 33 grams of trans fat. The American Heart Assn. recommends that people consume no more than about two grams of trans fat per day -- which could be found naturally in milk and meat. (Long John Silver's announced in August that it would switch completely to non-trans fat oils by the end of the year.)

Additionally, trans fat is believed to raise bad cholesterol and lower good cholesterol. FDA officials believe eliminating trans fat from the consummer's reach could prevent thousands of heart attacks and deaths each year.

The ban, if approved, "could, in effect, mean the end of artificial, industrially produced trans fat in foods," said Dennis M. Keefe, director of the FDA's office of food additive safety, on the agency's website.

Through the years, the FDA has found ways to get food manufacturers to stop using partially hydrogenated oils. In 2006, companies were required to list artificial trans fats on all labels, inducing most manufacturers to stop using the ingredient.

Blood levels of trans fatty acids in white adults fell 58% from 2000 to 2009, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found.




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Posted 07 November 2013 - 21:25

It's about damn time. I'm sick of our foods being government approved poisons.



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Posted 07 November 2013 - 21:27

This can only be a good thing really. 



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Posted 07 November 2013 - 21:30

Oh how quickly "My body, my choice" goes out the window.



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Posted 07 November 2013 - 21:34

There are many cases where the case of if an added ingredient is harmful or not is ambiguous and for those I would agree with your libertarian view, but this is NOT one of them. Trans-fat is as close to an edible slow poison as it comes.

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Posted 07 November 2013 - 21:34

Oh how quickly "My body, my choice" goes out the window.

In a capitalist world, anything a company can do to make a profit, it will do. In this case, trans fats are an easy way to make up for terrible quality foods. They're tricking consumers who don't know just how bad trans fats are. Education without a doubt should be a focus and it's terrible that education is never an option for the government.



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Posted 07 November 2013 - 21:41

Good on the US. The UK has been very slow to react to trans-fats, instead opting for voluntary schemes with retailers. While that has reduced the impact of trans-fats it falls short of the outright ban that is needed.



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Posted 07 November 2013 - 23:07

McDonald's will be ######.



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Posted 07 November 2013 - 23:10

Plenty of snacks already removed them a few years ago in the US.



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Posted 07 November 2013 - 23:19

So lets see, outlaw trans fat in the name of better health yet the government continues to allow the sale of cigarettes... I guess the trans fat lobbyists just don't have the cash that tobacco has. 



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Posted 07 November 2013 - 23:36

Why hasn't the FDA gotten rid of carcinogenic food colorings?



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Posted 07 November 2013 - 23:39

Why hasn't the FDA gotten rid of carcinogenic food colorings?

Because they paid more.

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Posted 07 November 2013 - 23:42

McDonald's will be ****ed.

they got rid of trans-fat a few years ago



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Posted 07 November 2013 - 23:45

^ Not in my area -- trans fat is still listed on the Menu. ;)

 

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Posted 07 November 2013 - 23:53

can we go after aspartame now?