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November 08, 2013 – Comments (6)

 Obamacare is now the (poorly working) law of the land.  Thousands of families are having their "doctors and insurance policies of choice”  cut or completely withdrawn.  These are the policies that Obama so adamantly reassurred us would still be available when he still needed the votes to pass this legislation.  I made the following comment on Jerryguru69's post about Obamacare two days ago: 

"My next prediction is that people who are making poor health choices (smoking, obesity, etc) will be discriminated against in our society because they are taking "healthcare dollars" away from the rest of us.

More frightening - Is there an age at which people will be essentially cut off from health care?  As in, you are 95 and have cancer but a strong will to live.  Does such a person still get to fight the cancer or will they be considered "too old" and just put into hospice care?

We are accepting one more step toward the Big Brother oversight described in 1984, a book that always terrified me. 

OK, guys.  This is the point at which you reassure me and tell me that my concerns are groundless.  Tell me how wrong I am and why this will not come to pass.  I am waiting and hoping for your comments to that effect.  A little reassurance please?"

Oddly enough, no one stepped up to reassure me that I was being foolishly concerned over nothing.  Still, I never dreamed that the government would step in to make certain health choices illegal.  

Now today, after decades in which cholesterol and trans-fats have been recognized health risks, it seems the FDA has figured it out as well.  The FDA has decided to remove trans-fats from foods we are allowed to have because they are "no longer generally recognized as safe."  We have known this since at least the 1960's.  In fact, food manufacturers have lowered trans-fats by at least 73% without government intervention.  (See CNN article below) 

On the other hand, alcohol, tobacco, drugs, automobiles, and airplanes are not considered dangerous.  Nor are skis, sleds, playing contact sports, unprotected sex, hunting, parachute jumping, water sports, or any of the variety of insane activities that people attempt in order to appear on "funny" home videos. Now I realize that only the tobacco, alcohol, and drugs come under the direct scope of the FDA, but surely most of the things listed above are at least as dangerous as margarine, Saltine crackers, or Halloween candy.  I simply cannot ignore the timing of this announcement.  We are entering an era of government-funded healthcare, and therefore we are not to be allowed to choose food that is not "healthy enough" as determined by the government.   

 Here is the CNN article that announces Big Brother, I mean the government's next action toward protecting us from ourselves, whether we like it or not.  Website referenced at the end of the piece. 

(CNN) -- So long, margarine: Artificial trans fat in foods may eventually become a thing of the past.

The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday took a first step toward potentially eliminating most trans fat from the food supply, saying it has made a preliminary determination that a major source of trans fats -- partially hydrogenated oils -- is no longer "generally recognized as safe."

If the preliminary determination is finalized, according to the FDA, then partially hydrogenated oils will become food additives that could not be used in food without approval. Foods with unapproved additives cannot legally be sold.

Trans fat can be found in processed foods including desserts, microwave popcorn products, frozen pizza, margarine and coffee creamer, and has been linked to an increased risk of heart disease.

What is trans fat? 

The majority of trans fat is formed when hydrogen is added to liquid oils, making them into solid fat such as shortening or margarine. It increases the shelf life and the flavor of foods. 

Like saturated fat, trans fat and dietary cholesterol can also raise blood levels of LDL, or "bad" cholesterol, which increases the risk of heart disease. 

Trans fat is found in processed foods made with partially hydrogenated vegetable oils, according to the Food and Drug Administration. Those include crackers, cookies, snack foods, fried foods and some baked goods.

Partially hydrogenated oil is formed when hydrogen is added to liquid oils to make solid fats, like shortening and margarine. It increases the shelf life and the flavor of foods. Partially hydrogenated vegetable oil, or shortening, was used in American kitchens as early as 1911.

However, in recent years many food manufacturers have taken steps to limit or eliminate trans fat from their products.

McDonald's, for instance, stopped cooking its french fries in trans fat more than a decade ago. The company's website says all its fried menu items are free of trans fat.

New York City in 2007 adopted a regulation banning partially hydrogenated vegetable oils and spreads in restaurants.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Thursday that he was encouraged by the FDA's move.

"The groundbreaking public health policies we have adopted here in New York City have become a model for the nation for one reason: They've worked. Today, New Yorkers' life expectancy is far higher than the national average, and we've achieved dramatic reductions in disease, including heart disease. The FDA deserves great credit for taking this step, which will help Americans live longer, healthier lives," Bloomberg said.

Trans fat intake among American consumers decreased from 4.6 grams per day in 2003 to about a gram a day in 2012, according to the FDA.

However, "current intake remains a significant public health concern," FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said in a written statement.

There is no safe level of consumption of trans fat, Hamburg said. It has been shown to raise the "bad," or LDL, cholesterol.

"Through our efforts at product reformulation and the development of suitable alternatives, trans fats that are not naturally occurring have been drastically reduced in the food supply," the Grocery Manufacturers Association, which represents more than 300 food, beverage and consumer product companies, said in a prepared statement.

"Since 2005, food manufacturers have voluntarily lowered the amounts of trans fats in their food products by over 73%."http://www.cnn.com/2013/11/07/health/fda-trans-fats/ 

 

6 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On November 08, 2013 at 2:39 PM, Mary953 (79.30) wrote:

Makes me want to go do something wild and dangerous - like opening a can of soup and eating some!

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#2) On November 08, 2013 at 3:31 PM, drgroup (69.07) wrote:

Who is going to pay for the removal of all products containg trans fats from grocery shelves? Who is going to pay for the extra cost related to providing alternative products? We as consumers are. I like trans fats and coconut oil. Makes popcorn and other foods taste better. These people make me sick. The inferance is that they are concerned with everyones health. Hog wash. This is a facist/communist move to implement more control over your life. Where will they stop?

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#3) On November 08, 2013 at 5:07 PM, Turfscape (42.48) wrote:

I don't see anything new happening. Health insurance companies denied care to the sick and elderly long before Health Care Reform happened. Companies have been discriminating against smokers, drinkers and recreational drug users for years, as have those same health insurance companies. And government has been sticking its nose in private lives since government began.

I find it hard to believe that trans-fats are where we'd draw the line in the sand as a society against government influence. As a society, we've happily encouraged the government to tell us: who we can marry, have sex with, what we can read or see in movie theaters or on television,  what we can discuss with our own doctors regarding our personal reproductive decisions. We gladly supported the illustrious congress that put in place the plans to completely remove our dignity everytime we pass through an airport...but how DARE they deny me my trans-fat. That's simply a bridge too far (or perhaps a fridge too far?).

I guess I've lost my ability to be shocked at government.

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#4) On November 08, 2013 at 5:26 PM, Mary953 (79.30) wrote:

As a society, we've happily encouraged the government to tell us: who we can marry, have sex with, what we can read or see in movie theaters or on television,  what we can discuss with our own doctors regarding our personal reproductive decisions. We gladly supported the illustrious congress that put in place the plans to completely remove our dignity everytime we pass through an airport

And as a society, we have been hemmed in by a government that gets larger and larger.  I am afraid that this is just the first of a new set of regulations in a new area of foods and activities that are not, in and of themselves, that bad.  They are just unpopular with a segment of society that wants to dictate to the rest of us.

I am not a child.  I do not need a "parental authority figure."  This state and this region has never taken kindly to governmental types that offer nothing except rules, regulations, restrictions, and revenuers (that's tax collectors for you Northerner types.)

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#5) On November 08, 2013 at 6:07 PM, chk999 (99.97) wrote:

Citizen! You are too old to work! Report to the disintegration chamber immediately!!

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#6) On November 09, 2013 at 8:23 PM, rfaramir (29.33) wrote:

End the FDA and every other department that tries to run our lives. I don't care that that would mean ending most of them... do it!

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