If there is only one thing you do for your health — and your weight — it should be this: Give up partially hydrogenated oils, and boycott any products that contain them — not only for yourself, but for the positive impact it will have on everyone’s health and weight problems.
The FDA does a terrific job, within the scope that their charter allows. The problem is, they’re not allowed to do the things that really need to be done to preserve your health.
It’s one thing not to buy a product. That’s good for you. It’s even better to boycott the product in a way that it makes it less likely that others will buy it.
The current law is better than nothing — but the problem is that products that contain partially hydrogenated oils can claim zero percent (0 %) trans fats, while at the same time have as much as 2.2 grams of trans fat per “standard serving”. The labeling system is just too weak to keep partially hydrogenated oils (and the trans fats they contain) out of the American diet.
In a word: metabolic poisons. Consuming partially hydrogenated oils is like inhaling cigarette smoke. They will kill you — slowly, over time, but as surely as you breathe. And in the meantime, they will make you fat!
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