Monthly Archives: November 2013

Why the government’s regulation of trans fat is stupid

It’s a rare and delicious occasion when two of my big passions—1. how much the government sucks, and 2. food—intersect in one story. Needless to say, I was excited to pounce on the latest news about the FDA and their war on fat.

If you haven’t heard, the word on the street is the federal government is crackin’ down on trans fat in food. For anyone who might not know, trans fat is basically edible plastic. It’s made by adding hydrogen to vegetable oil, solidifying the already-disgusting vegetable oil into a nice, hardened paste sure to clog your arteries and destroy you from the inside out.

So yeah, trans fat sucks and you definitely shouldn’t eat it if you know what’s good for you. But there’s a lot more to this argument than just whether or not you should eat it. Here’s an interesting tidbit about this new anti-trans fat program:

“The FDA is not targeting small amounts of trans fats that occur naturally in some meat and dairy products, because they would be too difficult to remove and aren’t considered a major public health threat on their own.” —Breitbart News

Seriously? If anyone running the FDA had half a brain they would know that naturally-occurring trans fats are nowhere near as harmful as that disgusting man-made oil paste crap they’re banning. In fact, the trans fat that occurs naturally in dairy products and grass-fed meats is actually good for you. It’s called conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) and there is no evidence that supports it is bad for your health. CLA is thought by experts to have pretty much the opposite effect that manmade trans fats have. Whoa, big shocker there.

Okay, so to the main point. The problem with the FDA targeting trans fats (and being so kind as to leave our naturally-occurring CLA alone) is this: the ingredient will no longer be included in the FDA’s “generally recognized as safe” list of foods you’re allowed to have on the shelves.

That’s great, people are saying—less heart attacks! Okay, maybe that’s so. But let’s move beyond that and think of the dangers of a government-run agency deeming certain foods healthy and not healthy.

Don’t see the problem? How about we take a look at the government’s recommendation for a healthy diet.

myplate.gov

choosemyplate.gov

Welcome to MyPlate, where sound reasoning and nutritional expertise come to die. According to the government, you should be consuming more grains than protein and fruits. Excuse me, why? There is no sound research that shows that the health benefits of grains outweigh the consequential carb overload, or that grains are more important to your diet than protein and fruits. These guys are goons, okay? And it’s not just because they’re ignorant, either. Like everything else they do, there’s an agenda to it.

“Be aware that the reason why governments pushed grains in the first place were economical. They are cheap to produce (although not without environmental costs), they can be stored for much longer and they can be sold overseas much more easily. In fact, it’s now one of the few things that the US successfully sells overseas, so I wouldn’t count on them to stop promoting them as the healthiest thing around.” Paleo Diet Lifestyle 

I’m not a conspiracy theorist. There is real evidence that supports this. Check out this chart displaying top government subsidies to farmers. It’s no coincidence that the first and second highest subsidies go to farmers producing corn and wheat. Guess what a lot of that corn goes to produce? High fructose corn syrup. Oh, and to feed the livestock that we eat, which leads to myriad health problems for us. Despite the plethora of information now available on the dangers of high-grain diets, the government still insists a healthy diet consists of mostly grains.

So what I’m getting at is this: the government has an agenda. They always have, they always will. So trusting them with your health and well-being isn’t really the best idea. If they succeed in banning trans fats, what will be next on their list? I highly doubt it will be high fructose corn syrup. They have too many years of faulty nutritional research and absurd food pyramids to defend.