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The process of actually removing trans fat from all food could take awhile, even years

Trans fat may get the boot out of every food in the U.S. if the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has its way.

The FDA is starting a 60-day public comment period today regarding the elimination of trans fat from its list of ingredients deemed safe for consumption.

"[The FDA] is responding to the fact that the science really demonstrates that trans fat provides no known health benefit and that there really is no safe level of consumption of trans fat," said FDA commissioner Margaret Hamburg. "Consumption should be as low as possible while consuming a nutritionally adequate diet."

The process of actually removing trans fat from all food could take awhile, even years. Food manufacturers will need time to find safe substitutes and change up their ingredients. 

Food manufacturers typically use trans fat to increase product shelf life and maintain flavors, and it's commonly used in items like baked goods, canned frosting, stick margarine and coffee creamers.

What exactly is trans fat? It's partially hydrogenated oil that is made by bubbling hydrogen through hot vegetable oil. This transforms the liquid oil into a fat that is solid at room temperature.

Many studies show that trans fat increasing LDL cholesterol (the bad kind) and decreases HDL (the good kind). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention added that 5,000 Americans die of heart disease annually and another 15,000 will get heart disease because of artificial trans fat in food. 

"This is the first step in removing artificial trans fats from processed foods," said Hamburg.

Source: USA Today

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RE: So...
By augiem on 11/7/2013 5:18:46 PM , Rating: 3
I am all for smaller government, but some level of regulation is required. Just look at any of the rising 3rd world countries in the world and you'll see if people can gain some kind of profit by doing something terrible to others and get away with it, they will, no matter how evil it is. From dangerous chemicals in baby food to fake prescription drugs that kill people to shoddy products that cause fires to rip-off liquors that contain acetone and isopropyl alcohol, on and on and on.

We already have tons of regulations, some are overzealous, some are not. You wouldn't advocate repealing all of those would you? Let's get rid of all food safety laws. Restaurants should be able to (legally) leave buckets of chicken unrefrigerated under the sink with a family of rats living in it. Canned food processes shouldn't have to be regulated so they kill all the bacteria in it so people don't get botulism. But it's their choice to put it in their bodies! The thing is, the average consumer must be able to make the assumption that something they're buying to eat is reasonably safe, otherwise they wouldn't buy it at all and there goes society. Regulation is an evil but necessary part of society because not everyone is nice.

Knee jerk reactions go both ways.

RE: So...
By Reclaimer77 on 11/7/2013 7:21:38 PM , Rating: 2
I am all for smaller government, but (goes on to justify big-Government actions)

Not picking on you, but I've seen this WAY too many times. Either you're for a small limited Government, or you're not.

I'm not asking for the Wild Wild West here or Anarchy. But Trans Fatty Acids falling under Federal Government jurisdiction? That's ridiculous!

But we're talking about the same Government that literally banned a light who am I kidding?

Sometimes I honestly wish I could be like you guys and just not give a goddamn. Life would be easier.

RE: So...
By augiem on 11/7/2013 10:06:53 PM , Rating: 2
Not picking on you, but I've seen this WAY too many times. Either you're for a small limited Government, or you're not.

I said smaller, not zero. And I gave great justification for you. You are wayyyy too idealistic. It's not based in reality. Someday you'll understand I hope.

RE: So...
By Reclaimer77 on 11/8/2013 10:39:01 AM , Rating: 2
This is not some epidemic or toxic chemical being pumped into our water. Or a drug that causes birth defects.

There isn't even direct causation here, just correlation.

I totally support action when warranted. I just don't see that it is here.

Banning tobacco products and alcohol would save way more lives and improve the health of millions. But those are taxable cash cows for the Gov.

RE: So...
By sorry dog on 11/10/2013 8:49:57 PM , Rating: 2
Maybe we should reform corporate shield laws such that if the corporation is criminally negligent, then the managers and their bosses shall serve the jail time for the corporate "person."

I bet Koch brothers and ADM executives will start acting waaayy differently if that were to happen....and those 8 figure salaries might be justified.

...of course we'll be getting our food from replicators before that happens....

"What would I do? I'd shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders." -- Michael Dell, after being asked what to do with Apple Computer in 1997

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