In fact, a recent study actually tried to link trans fats to infertility. Even nutritionist Marion Nestle, PhD, MPH, a professor at New York University,
expressed skepticism about that conclusion in an article recently published on
So are city governments justified in banning trans fats from our foods? Or are
these local governments making a mistake because of all the anti-trans fat hype? Regardless of how you feel about the government legislating what we eat, here's
Trans fats are being replaced in many foods by a new type of fat called
interesterified fats. But according to the results of a study published in the journal, Nutrition and
Metabolism, interesterified fats may be even more dangerous for us than trans
You see, interesterified fats also lower our levels of HDL (the good
cholesterol). Just like trans fats. So there's still a heart health issue.
**But Now There's A New Health Risk**
Interesterified fats were found to significantly increase blood sugar and
depress insulin. Which may increase your risk for diabetes. Or cause potential
problems for you if you already have diabetes.
If you remember, trans fats replaced saturated fats years ago because saturated
fats were supposed to be unhealthy. At the time, trans fats were believed to be
So much for that conclusion. But it gets worse. These new interesterified fats were found to increase blood sugar by 20% more
than good old saturated fats.
That was in a mere four weeks. Imagine what would happen over a longer period of
**Out Of The Frying Pan, Into The Fire**
It seems like every time the food police insist on changing the type of fats
found in our food, they introduce new and potentially more dangerous health
risks for us.
If you're concerned about this new diabetes risk, you can check the ingredient
list of your foods if it's available. Interesterified fats are labelled as"fully hydrogenated oil."
But maybe it's time to consider another course. Maybe we shouldn't be
reformulating our foods after every study. And we certainly shouldn't be banning
foods unless we're sure the alternatives are safer.
Most importantly, maybe it's time for the food police to get off their high
horses and quit telling the rest of us how to eat. They don't exactly have a
good track record.
**Should We Stop The Trans Fat Bans Before It's Too Late?**
I'm not arguing that trans fats are healthy. But I think it's a foolish mistake
to reformulate all of our foods until more studies have been done. We need
reasonable proof that we've found a safer alternative.
If you're concerned about the health risks from these new fats, you may want to
get in touch with your local legislators. And stop the ban on trans fats until
we know for sure that we aren't jumping out of the frying pan and into the fire.
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