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WRT trans fats, the FDA should ...

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Ban 'em outright
  7189 votes / 39%
Regulate with a heavy hand, but not ban.
  2092 votes / 11%
Regulate moderately; labels & limits.
  2113 votes / 11%
Try to nix egregious or unlabeled use.
  1712 votes / 9%
Stay out of my cabinet and grocery store!
  2772 votes / 15%
Die in a Twinkie fire!
  2434 votes / 13%
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WRT trans fats, the FDA should ...

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  • by Ambassador Kosh (18352) on Thursday November 07, 2013 @06:40PM (#45361793)

    There are some naturally occurring tranfs-fats that our bodies have enzymes to deal wit (like in milk) and those are no problem at all. The problem is with the artificial trans-fats. The issue is when there is a trans link where your body does not have an enzyme that can break that link. It leads to strange problems like malformed cholesterol (which you need to live) and ends up causing things like arterial damage and plaques.

    I do agree with the FDA dealing with foods that our bodies just can not process. This is not like alcohol where too much causes damage, our bodies can deal with smaller amounts of alcohol just fine and break it down. Some of these trans-fats we just have no natural way to break them down at all. As such they get stuck in places, have to be removed by other processes that don't always work, sometimes get incorporated into other things incorrectly etc.

    However it looks like the FDA is making the right choice. They seem to only be going after the types of trans-fats that our bodies can't process.

  • by nytes (231372) on Thursday November 07, 2013 @07:42PM (#45362491) Homepage

    I would think that foods that you want to have a very extended shelf life, and little intention of ever eating very much of, like emergency meals. Maybe MRE's?

  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday November 09, 2013 @09:30PM (#45380051)

    You probably just have lactose fermenting yeasts or similarly annoying bacteria living inside which additionally kill your lactic bacteria, which is why they only help you when you take them in pills.
    I'd suggest a double antibiotics/anti-fungal medication(preferably a few simultaneously to make sure you get them all) followed by a few oral healthy shit rations.
    There are studies that support it and it just makes sense when you think about it. Most of the world population is lactose intolerant and drink milk like champs.

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