We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
"Even if you never plan to consume a smidgen of trans fat ever again, note well: many public health advocates are itching for the FDA to limit allowable amounts of salt, sugar, caffeine, and so forth in food products."
Peace of mind. They've completely removed peace of mind from our food. No one can eat anymore without just a little upset about what is going in their stomach. When will it be banned, be declared cancerous, be socially taboo?
I'm happy to live in a world that doesn't use trans fats. Just as I am to live in a world without tobacco products (minus medicinal drugs), but what I would want more than either of those is for those products to disappear because nobody wants them rather than the government trying to save us.
If the government thinks for us, there is no reason to think for ourselves.
Wow. Judging by the comments on that CBS article, most people are a-ok with the nanny state and don't think they are doing enough.
Ban GMO's! Ban preservatives! Ban Chemicals! Ban pesticides! Ban herbicides!
I'm thinking a lot of people have never really been hungry before.
That's going to change. Probably soon.
So, then, all the vegans out there are okay with some of these products using animals fats (such as butter) instead of plant-based hydrogenated oils? Are the environmentalist ok with higher demand for coconut oil?
Somehow I foresee the complaints about using these sources of oil/fat for a replacement of trans fats...
Everyone should watch the "King of the Hill" episode that deals with trans fats. I swear, Mike Judge was a genius ahead of his time!
Removing High Fructose Corn Syrup would be a good start. If you are out shopping and have a bit of extra time, just read a few labels. HFCS is in tomato sauce, juice drinks and even on bacon. BACON! Bacon doesn't need any additives and neither do most of the products that HFCS is in.
Good grief. Weren't trans fats originally used to replace the dreaded coconut oil? Now, you can't swing a dead cat without hitting someone extolling the virtues of said oil.
Up until recently I used rendered lard for cooking - it does wonderful things for a pie crust. But, due to hubby's battle with gout, that's done. However, duck fat is a wonderful replacement and makes lovely crispy potatoes. Am I crazy enough to think lard and duck fat will be next? Foie gras is already a no-no in some circles, more's the pity.