FDA just banned trans fat

Discussion in 'Food & Cooking' started by millionsknives, Jun 16, 2015.

  1. millionsknives

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    NC-17 with ladies in a stream of margarine.  Haha yeah, some margarine...

    http://www.cnn.com/2015/06/16/health/fda-trans-fat/

    i.e. anything that says partially hydrogenated needs to be gone in 3 years.  You see it in chips, shelf stable kind of pastries, frozen pie crusts, margarine, weird microwave popcorn oils. 

    Since I cook for myself from scratch mostly, I'm okay with this.

    Industry wide, will this mean people cook from scratch more?  Is it going to drive up other vegetable oil prices? Maybe people go back to butter, lard, tallow, schmaltz?

    Or maybe biochemists just come up with a better process to hydrogenated oils or removing transfats.  Dunno, but it's an exciting time, isn't it?  It's amazing what science will come up with when funded by a multibillion dollar industry problem.
     
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  2. luc_h

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    more than 30 yrs ago, I attended a biochemical-nutritional course in college part of my degree.  The professor back then was saying that animal models/studies were indicating they were a health hazard then declared adamantly to stay away from trans fats, so I did.

    Fast forward to 2007, Canada was the first country with mandatory declaration of trans fat content in food

    http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/fn-an/nutrition/gras-trans-fats/tfa-age_question-eng.php

    The WHO has implemented a task force to monitor the effects of trans fats since 2005.

    Now the US is to ban it out of foods in 3 years.

    Why so long of a wait? Because now there is a commercially viable alternative to hydrogenation: transesterified fats. Currently manufacturers don't need to declare it any different than other fats but the health issues are (potentially) just as bad (if not worst) than trans fats. (and we've known this since late 90s early 2000)

    http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/QAA400714/Is-Interesterified-Oil-a-Bad-Fat.html

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20823487

    How long will it take to try to ban these new fats? My guess, 30 years.

    Luc H.
     
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  4. french fries

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    Wow. This is so unnerving. Don't you just love capitalism? $$ before public health. 

    Anyway, one more reason to stay away from processed foods as much as possible. 
     
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