FDA saves the day? No way!
When the guy who "saves" you from a burning building turns out to be the guy who set it on fire in the first place, you don't thank him.
You toss him in jail!
So lock up everyone at the FDA, CDC, USDA and any other DC agency with the nerve to dish out health advice -- because the government's new ban on artery-clogging trans fats is confession of a crime against Americans.
Half a century ago, government know-it-alls -- with a big assist from the American Heart Association -- led the push to get people away from animal fats and onto vegetable oils.
Out with the butter... and in with the margarine.
Just one problem: Plant oils are harder to work with than animal fats. They're watery, like pus, and they go rancid easily. But the mad scientists of the food industry figured out that if you add hydrogen, the oils firm up and don't go bad so fast -- and they can be used in everything from margarine to snack cakes to fast food.
That's how you get hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils, that's how you get trans fats and that's how you get heart disease -- along with a higher risk of a heart attack and an early death, all from foods the government has been pushing on you as "healthier" than animal fats.
These risks aren't new; we've known about them for ages. The FDA admitted trans fats are dangerous more than a decade ago, and did nothing. Heck, even the new ban isn't really a ban, because they've left one heckuva loophole in place: Low levels of trans fats can be rounded down to zero.
Would you expect anything less from the FDA?
Luckily, there's one way to avoid all the unhealthy trans fats from vegetable oils, and that's to pass on processed foods -- especially anything with hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils.
Since these are always junk foods, you shouldn't be eating them anyway whether they have trans fats or not.
Stick to fresh foods, minimal carbs and natural animal fats instead.
I'm not done with food yet. Keep reading for how NOT to cook your vegetables.