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August 18, 2005

The Panic Du Jour

    "I call it the panic du jour," said Dr. David Kritchevsky of the trans fat fears. Dr. Kritchevsky is a dietary fat and cholesterol researcher at the Wistar Institute, an independent nonprofit research center in Philadelphia. Trans fat, he added, "is an easy whipping boy." - The Panic Du Jour: Trans Fats in Foods - New York Times, August 14, 2005

    From margarine to egg yolks, certain folks never seem to tire of warning, admonishing and advising the general public about what we should and should not be eating, even if it turns out to be entirely made up or blatantly false. This time, Dr. Thomas Frieden, the New York City health commissioner, went as far as to ask restaurants to stop serving trans fats altogether, despite the fact that:

    The National Academy of Sciences, the Department of Health and Human Services, the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute and the Food and Drug Administration have all come to the same conclusion: Trans fats are on a par with saturated fats, like butter or lard. Both increase cholesterol levels and most people would be better off if they ate less of all of them. Period. (Ibid.)

    Apparently, Americans eat four times as much saturated fat as trans fat, making saturated fat much more of a health risk. But does anybody bother with the actual FACTS? Nooooo. Why bother, when pulling the fire alarm is so much fun? And you get so much attention! Who cares if there's actually a fire?

    Full Article: The Panic Du Jour: Trans Fats in Foods - New York Times

    Cheeky Monkey

    Posted by MostlyForMe at August 18, 2005 2:51 PM