Saturday, July 26, 2008

California Bans Trans Fats

You regulars know that I have always railed against the government for trying to "protect" us against ourselves. You can't legislate against suicide and their attempts to excessively regulate cigarettes and to a lesser degree alcohol are perfect examples. That being said "trans fats" are truly nasty things. Having personal experience with heart disease, I happen to believe that these hydrogenated atrocities are responsible for the lions share of artherosclerosis and associated conditions existing since the 20s. The government and AHA have wrongheadedly demonized saturated fats and cholesterol as being the culprits. They are not only wrong they are damned wrong, trans fats ARE killing us.

They need to research it to a much greater degree as it has not been proven sufficiently. Untill that time they simply need to clarify the labels on grocery foods and insist on resteraunts etc to identify if hydrogenated oils are being used in the preparation of their foods. Let people choose as their life and health is, as it should be, in their hands.

LOS ANGELES — California, a national trendsetter in all matters edible, became the first state to ban trans fats in restaurants when Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill Friday to phase out their use.

Under the new law, trans fats, long linked to health problems, must be excised from restaurant products beginning in 2010, and from all retail baked goods by 2011. Packaged foods will be exempt.

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