Nutrition

What concerning the trans fats in animal fats?

The years of a healthy life lost Because of our consumption of trans fats, the effects of conditions like meningitis, cervical cancer, and multiple sclerosis are comparable. But when “food zealots” to get Your desire to ban additional trans fats, what’s next? I am exploring this in my video Ban on trans fats in processed foods, but not in animal fats.

Permissive corporate interests rally around those kind of slippery slope arguments to distract from the fact that people are dying. New York Mayor Bloomberg was convicted of a “meddling nanny” for banning trans fats and trying to limit the size of soft drinks. How dare he manipulate the consumer’s choice! But hasn’t the food industry done that? “The serving sizes of soft drinks have grown dramatically, as have American waists.” In 1950, a 12-ounce soda was the king-size option. Now it’s child size. Similarly, with trans fats, it was the industry that did limited our choice by putting trans fats in everything without telling us. Who’s the nanny now?

New York City at last won his trans fat fight, which maintains his status as a public health leader. “For example, it took decades to get a national lead paint ban despite clear signs of damage,” but the New York Health Department led the way, banning it “18 years before federal action.”

The slippery slope argument is ironic: first, they will Come for your fries; They come next for your burger. After the ban on trans fat oil, one of the few remaining sources of trans fat is the meat itself. “Trans fats, of course exist in small amounts in the fat in meat and milk ”, as I have already discussed in my video Trans fat in meat and milk. Prior to the trans fat ban, animal products were only about a fifth of US trans fat intake, but since the US trans fat ban excludes animal products, they will soon become the leading source. As you can see at 2:09 am Ban on trans fats in processed foods, but not in animal fats, now that trans fats are added forbidden In Denmark, for example, the only remaining exposure to trans fat is from animal products, which in the US are found in dairy products, beef, chicken fat, turkey meat, lunch meat and hot dogs. Due to the refining process, traces are found in vegetable oils.

The question is: are animal trans fats as bad as processed food trans fats? As you can see in mine at 2:38 Video, a compilation of randomized interventional studies found that both raise bad cholesterol and both lower good cholesterol. Both animal trans fats and processed food trans fats raise the ratio of bad to good cholesterol – which is bad. Therefore all trans fats cause negative effects “regardless of their origin”. Researchers suspect that removing natural trans fats from food could also prevent tens of thousands of heart attacks, but unlike processed foods, you can’t remove trans fats from milk and meat because trans fats are naturally present.

The livestock industry suggests that a little bit of their trans fats might not be bad, but you’ve seen the same argument showing it all in moderation Come from the Institute for Shortening and Edible Oils after industrial trans fats were first exposed as a threat. The conclusion is: “All sources of trans fat should be included minimized. “The trans fat in processed foods can be banned, and following current dietary guidelines to limit the intake of saturated fat, which is mainly found in meat and dairy products, would automatically reduce the trans fat intake from animal fats.

The reason Denmark may not have made progress on reducing trans fats in animals is because the Danish Food Council has done so pushed The trans fat ban was a joint initiative of the Danish Medical Association and the Danish Dairy Board. They recognized that “the economic support from the Danish Dairy Council could be seen as problematic from the point of view of scientific integrity”, but don’t worry: “The Danish Medical Association has also expanded the board and supporting members to include Danish pork industry, Danish meat industry The Poultry and Egg Council and The Danish Margarine Industry Association. “

If people want to eat trans fat, isn’t that their right? Yes, but only if you are aware of the risks – not yet The food industry wants the public to be confused about nutrition.

For more information on industry pushback, see my video Controversy over the trans fat ban.

There does not appear to be safe exposure to trans fat or saturated fat or cholesterol in food. See Trans Fat, Saturated Fat, and Cholesterol: Tolerable Upper Intake of Zero.

If you find these videos persuasive on industry’s impact on public order, check out my many others including:

Note that the concept of raising or lowering HDL (called good cholesterol), which plays a causal role in heart disease, has been questioned. See Coconut oil and the boost in HDL “good” cholesterol.

In health,

Michael Greger, MD

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