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Companies are racing to take out trans fats from their products. But what of the fats they’re replacing them with? [WSJ via Consumer World Blog]
I mused on this back in the day: [consumerist.com]
It seems like it is difficult to replace one troublesome ingredient without eventually finding problems with the alternative.
I’ve always found this whole trans-fat affair suspicious. Until NYC’s ban, the only times I’d seen the phrase “trans-fat free” was when products were boasting it. They were also free of all sorts of substances we’d never heard of or cared about before. To me trans-fats are a strawman, this is just the one they wanted to use for marketing. IANAS, but fat is fat: trans- or otherwise. I was already doubtful about the nutritional significance of removing trans-fat and thought it was a PR move for food suppliers and health Nazis. This kinda confirms my suspicions.
@Bay State Darren: yes its all a big conspiracy, but now that youve alerted THEM that you know about it, youd better have a good place to hide, THEY are going to find you now!
So basically the article is saying that junk food is still bad for us? Good to know.
@Bay State Darren: You need to educate yourself before you start making accusations.
All fats are not created equal.
Yes. The most common substitute for trans fats is palm fat, which is a saturated fat and usually tastes like ass, to boot.
They’re also spot on with the comment about people eating more 0-trans stuff because they think it’s healthy. It’s just like the low-fat craze of the 90′s.
@BayStateDarren: trans fat increases LDL (“bad cholesterol”). Monounsaturated fats increase HDL (“good cholesterol”). IANAS either, but…know what you’re talking about before you say something?
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