The “mannequin of systemic dishonesty” of the meals business

In 1993 the Harvard Nurses’ Health Study found that a high intake of trans fat can increase the risk of heart disease by 50 percent. There is the trans fat story started in Denmark, which ended a decade later with a ban on adding trans fats in 2003. It was another ten years before the United States even got there started think about a ban. All along were trans fats killing Tens of thousands of Americans every year. With so many dying people, why did it take the United States so long to propose action at all? I am exploring this in my video Controversy over the trans fat ban.

One can appearance in the fight for New York’s trans fat ban for a microcosm of national debate. Not surprisingly, the food industry resisted, complaining about “government interference” and “settlements”[ing] the city to a ‘nanny state’. “” Are trans-fat bans … the road to food fascism? “

A ban on adding trans fats could save 50,000 American lives each year, saving the country tens of billions of dollars in health care costs, but not so quickly! When people who eat trans fat die early, think about how much we can save on Medicare and Social Security. Indeed, “smokers cost society less than non-smokers because smokers die earlier.” “So we should be careful when making statements about the potential cost savings of trans fat bans. More research is needed on the impact of these guidelines, including the impact on the food industry.” Yes, we could save 50,000 lives a year, but we must remember to think about the “impact on the food industry”!

How about “education and product labeling” rather than “the extreme ban on trans fats”? As a leading Danish cardiologist “puts it bluntly: “Instead of warning consumers about trans fats and telling them what they are, we have [the Danes] just removed them. ‘”But we are Americans! “As they say in North America, ‘You can put poison in food if you label it properly.'”

People who are informed and knows Risks should be able to eat what they want, but that assumes knowing all the facts, which is not always “due to deception and manipulation by food producers and traders”. And unsurprisingly, it is the most unhealthy food that is advertised most often through misleading marketing. It’s not that junk food companies are evil or want to make us sick. “The reason lies in the simple economy” – processed foods simply offer “higher profit margins and, unlike fresh foods such as fruits and vegetables, are shelf-stable.” Some argue that the food industry’s “systemic dishonesty model” “warrants a minimum of government intervention”.

But is because slippery pitch? “Today trans fats; tomorrow hot dogs. “Or what about the opposite? What if the government power eat broccoli? That argument was actually made in the Supreme Court case about Obamacare. As Chief Justice Roberts saidCongress could begin ordering everyone to buy vegetables, a concern that Justice Ginsburg referred to as “the terrible broccoli.” Hypothetically, Congress could force the American public to go vegetarian, but no one can offer the “hypothetical and unreal possibility … of a vegetarian state” as a credible argument. “Judges and lawyers live on the slippery slope of analogies; You shouldn’t drive it to the bottom, ”said a legal scholar.

If anything, what about the slippery slope of inactivity? “Government at first preset on business interests in the case of tobacco and pursued weak and ineffective educational efforts “to try to counter all lies of the tobacco industry. Do you remember what happened “The unnecessary deaths could be counted in the millions. The US can hardly afford to repeat this mistake with the diet. “

Once added trans fats are banned, the only major source in the American diet will be the natural trans fats found in animal fat. For more information, see Ban on trans fats in processed foods, but not in animal fats and Trans fat in meat and milk.

How much trans fat should we ideally eat per day? Zero, and the same goes for saturated fat and cholesterol. See Trans Fat, Saturated Fat, and Cholesterol: Tolerable Upper Intake of Zero, Good, big, bad, and killer fats, and Lipotoxicity: How saturated fat increases blood sugar.

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In health,

Michael Greger, MD

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