Trans fats are killers

By Dr. Mercola
For the past 60 years, saturated animal fats have been wrongfully accused of causing heart disease, despite mounting evidence showing that saturated fat is actually critical for optimal health while trans fat is the dietary fat causing heart disease.
Trans fat, found in margarine, vegetable shortening, and partially hydrogenated vegetable oils became widely popularized as a “healthier alternative” to saturated animal fats like butter and lard around the mid-1950’s. Its beginnings go back 100 years though, to Proctor & Gamble’s creation of Crisco in 1911.1
In 1961, the American Heart Association began encouraging Americans to limit dietary fat, particularly animal fats, in order to reduce their risk of heart disease. In the decades since, despite low-fat diets becoming increasingly part of the norm, heart disease rates have soared.
It’s been a long time coming, but on November 7, 2013, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it is now considering removing partially hydrogenated oils—the primary source of trans fats—from the list of “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS) ingredients.2
The FDA will accept comments for 60 days, after which a permanent decision will be made. If finalized, the FDA’s decision means that food manufacturers can no longer use partially hydrogenated oils, i.e. trans fats, in their products without jumping through hoops to get special approval.
The comment period began November 8, 2013. I urge you to submit your comment to the FDA, telling them you want them to finalize its determination that partially hydrogenated oil is no longer general recognized as safe for use in food.
You can submit comments electronically to the FDA docket on Make sure to use docket number FDA-2013-N-1317To submit comments by mail, send to FDA at the following address. Again remember to include the agency name and docket number:
Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305)
Food and Drug Administration
5630 Fishers Lane, Rm. 1061
Rockville, MD 20852

This is the First Step Toward Eliminating Dangerous Trans Fats

This is a remarkable turnaround, and I personally could not be more pleased by this proposed change. This is the first step towards the truth, informing consumers that trans fats are a primary culprit causing premature death. The World Health Organization (WHO) has also called for the elimination of trans fats from the global food supply.3

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3 Responses to “Trans fats are killers”

  1. Anonymous says:

    I have to agree with this. Most of my family have always eaten butter and other animal fats. They bake with lard and still eat dripping. They refuse any kind of margerine and foods they call ‘modern plastic substitutes’. They all have lived to ripe old ages with strong hearts. My Mum who is almost 90 years old, still does her own shopping cleaning and baking and takes regular walks every day. She runs upstairs like a mountain goat. She puts it down to eating real food not ‘modern plastic’

  2. Anonymous says:

    Someone once told me that margerine was initially developed to fatten turkeys up but it was killing them by causing heart failure so vegetable oil was added and it was put onto the market for human consumption.
    I was also told it is 1 molecule away from household paint.
    How true that it is I don’t know but if you notice margerine never develops mould, even mould spors wont eat it.

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