Thursday, July 11, 2002

I guess everything is going to have to be titled NO SHIT
A long-awaited federal report on trans fat, a processed fat pervasive in cookies, crackers and fast food, finds there is no safe level and recommends that people eat as little of it as possible.
I wonder what we are going to do with all that corn?
A generation ago, when cardiologists waved Americans off saturated fats such as butter and beef tallow, partially hydrogenated oils became a preferred alternative. But during the late 1990s, researchers started to discover that trans fat could clog arteries as readily as saturated fat.

Wednesday's study reported that since trans fat occurs in so many types of food, including dairy products and meats, an all-out ban would be impractical and could lead to other nutritional problems. Instead, the study says trans fat consumption should be "as low as possible while consuming a nutritionally adequate diet."

This is the best part. Don't eat food -- it might be bad for you.

Also see the Times Magazine on Atkins (which claims that our new understanding of diet comes from a superior knowledge of endocrinology. See yesteday's HRT story for details.) It's full of juicy details, like "low-fat diets will increase the risk of heart disease in a third of the population." And this gem: "Surely, everyone involved in drafting the various dietary guidelines wanted Americans simply to eat less junk food, however you define it, and eat more the way they do in Berkeley, Calif." At what point will people realize that these "nutritionists" are completely full of shit? Why would anyone listen to them at this point?

Kristina provides some tranny background:

Nutritionists are revisiting tropical palm and coconut oils, which may not be as bad as once thought and could actually have cancer-fighting properties. Healthier canola and sunflower oils that remain stable at high temperatures are coming onto the market. New seed oil crops are being bred to produce oils that don't need hydrogenation.

"Biotechnology holds great promise for us," Earl says.

Includes a discussion of "Syndrome X."

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