Good-Bye Trans Fats

by Claudius J West

glazed donuts on a trayRichard Lopez of the Los Angeles Times reports that the FDA is moving to ban trans fats. The process is now in a 60-day comment period to give food manufacturers time to tell the FDA how long they need to take the trans fats out of their products.

Wouldn’t it be great if there were no trans fats anywhere in our food?

“The Institute of Medicine, an independent agency, has concluded that trans fat provides no known health benefit and that there is no safe level of artificial trans fat.”

(It isn’t as if food-manufacturers didn’t see this day coming. But then, as people tend to do, they probably procrastinated about it.)

There’s still an out for food manufactures, if they can prove trans fats are safe to eat. But science is not on their side.

I remember first learning about trans fats/ hydrogenated and partially-hydorgenated oils way back in the mid-90’s from the books of Dr. Dean Ornish. I’ve been avoiding trans fats ever since.

Reading about them, then, I knew beyond a doubt that what Ornish said about their deleterious effects was true. Sometimes when you hear the Truth, you just know it.

So it only took around twenty-years for the scientific consensus to catch up. How do you feel about that?

zero-Trans-fats-WhiteWhat else would I say ranks on the same level of truth as the badness of trans fats?

  • Our gut health is crucial to our immune system and overall health. Probiotics are a big plus. I used to make my own milk-based kefir, and now I am doing water kefir. Water kefir is definitely easier and less messier, but to make it work you use sugar, which is a minus.
  • Fiber is key, the more the better. For now, I go along with Brenda Watson’s recommendation to get 35 grams of fiber a day (not an easy number to hit without daily scoops of acacia powder).
  • Daily exercise is a must. Even a walk around the block helps. If nothing else, a walk around the block prepares us for more vigorous exercise, later. It’s so much easier to do more when you’ve already got some momentum built up. When you haven’t done any exercise for a while, you know how difficult it can be just to get started again. I find it is easier to start small and work up from there.

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