If there were a way to save thousands of lives and potentially billions of dollars in medical and economic costs a year, would you? Oh and simultaneously improve quality of life and overall health and well being of individuals in America. I know, it sounds like a ridiculous question, but it’s a real one for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
So what’s the solution? Anyone…anyone…Bueller…? Answer = cut out them trans fats! Alright, I get that trans fats may make food taste more delicious, increase the half-life of foods, and reduce costs for food companies, but is it really worth it? Clearly, my opinion is hell no. This is a no-brainer guys.
Let’s hope the FDA continues making “moves” (i.e., it hasn’t happened yet) to ban trans fats, and officially removes these suckers from our food supply in 2014. Why were trans fats even added to foods to begin with? Why are they so dangerous for our health now? Why did the FDA allow trans fats to begin with in the first place? All great questions, and this video helps to answers some of those, but if you don’t care to watch it for the answers, please watch it for my favorite part…it comes out of nowhere around minute 3.15 when the news anchor (who used to be a fast food worker) says “we only changed that hydrogenated oil that [the fries] fried in twice a year.” Haha! I know it’s pretty gross and not really funny, but I couldn’t help laughing…perhaps it was the randomness of it and her tone of voice. Anyway, enjoy the video if you have time to watch it, and fingers crossed that the FDA does indeed eliminate these trans fats! I’m pretty confident it will happen, and I look forward to the numerous health and economic benefits that will result. I’ve summarized to the best of my ability why trans fats are no bueno, and included a link to two articles for those of you who would like to read more about the FDA’s proposal.
Summary: To eat or not to eat trans fats? Over the years, scientific evidence has shown trans fats are dangerous because they raise the levels of so-called bad cholesterol and can lower the levels of good cholesterol. Huh? Put another way, your body makes cholesterol naturally, and you get more when you eat foods such as eggs, meats, and dairy products. When you have more than your body needs (check with your doc about how much you need, because it’s different for everyone), cholesterol can cause plaque to build up in your arteries. This thick, hard plaque can clog your arteries like a blocked pipe, reducing blood flow and causing stroke or heart attack. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather keep my pipes clean. Also, remember that risks from high cholesterol aren’t immediate. The damage accumulates over years — even decades. High cholesterol in your 20s and 30s can take its toll in your 50s and 60s. Finally, federal health officials estimate that eliminating trans fats would prevent 20,000 heart attacks and 7,000 deaths from heart disease a year. Wohoo! Again, the FDA needs to ban these fats ASAP.