Goodbye trans fat: FDA is ordering a phase-out of the last of the artery-clogging substance

  • Article by: MARY CLARE JALONICK , Associated Press
  • Updated: November 7, 2013 - 10:35 PM

WASHINGTON — Heart-clogging trans fats were once a staple of the American diet, plentiful in baked goods, microwave popcorn and fried foods. Now, mindful of the health risks, the Food and Drug Administration is getting rid of what's left of them for good.

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FrankLNov. 7, 13 9:04 AM

Realize there is no free lunch when doing this. The reason trans fats were used was because they were very stable leading to long shelf life for a product. Another example is that while a fast food place goes through enough oil to not have a problem, a small local joint may find that the oil in their fryer goes rancid because of low use.

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swschradNov. 7, 13 9:09 AM

large fast-food outfits change their oil at least twice a week, often daily, and the smaller outfits will find it gets dirty and needs changing at least weekly. overall, unless you are a Crisco fanatic, this is not going to be an abject disaster. do read labels carefully, as saturated fat like palm kernel oil and coconut oil will start trying to sneak back into products. overall this is a good thing.

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TheCafeCookNov. 7, 13 9:14 AM

Thank goodness the government will take care of the people that can't make a good decision. I wonder when they will ban cars & beer?

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szwickelNov. 7, 13 9:26 AM

swschrad - Do some research. The much maligned coconut oil is actually quite good for you. Much like we now know trans fats are bad, current research shows your body actually needs "good" fats.

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kydotyNov. 7, 13 9:28 AM

I've always wondered how the FDA decides what is considered safe or unsafe. How do they come to the conclusion that transfats are unsafe yet they have no problem with a can of Coke, which has a good 25 ingredients that should never be consumed by the human body.

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flerkjerkNov. 7, 13 9:43 AM

C'mon...Coke is heart healthy. It says so right on the can.

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maxwellbayNov. 7, 13 9:47 AM

Thank you great big huge bloated government. Please keep telling us what you think we should have access to.

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AlfredBergNov. 7, 13 9:47 AM

I'm not so much against this as I am against another governmental body deciding what we can have and can't have. Why haven't they banned everything that's not organically grown because there's something bad in everything we eat if you look hard enough. I'm certainly not for heart attacks or obesity but wasn't this country founded on personal freedoms? This doesn't feel like a choice, it's another mandate.

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EleanoreNov. 7, 13 9:48 AM

I don't feel enough informed by this article to decide if this is a good or bad move. What is a transfat, where does it come from? Is it natural or artificial and if natural, where's the solid evidence that a certian amount isn't what people actually need? Given our current state of affairs the two things I can say is that the first feeling that people should feel when reading this is suspicion since it is a government act. The second is ignorance. If the result of this goes badly for people, some information will be needed to see if maybe the government isn't acting as a bad player again.

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aydx0001Nov. 7, 1310:03 AM

szwickel--re-read the comment you're questioning. They said the sneaking is a "good thing." You two appear to be in agreement. Trans fats are indeed really bad for us. The FDA bases its recommendations on the state-of-the art and current scientific understanding. The part they're still very wrong on is starches/sugars. By far, the worst thing for us. The only nutrient that prompts a hormonal response by our bodies to cope with. Make no mistake, it's only a matter of time before it's proven in medical research beyond a shadow of a doubt that carbs kill.

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