Shouldn't we as adults make the decision whether to consume trans fats or not instead of having the government ban them?
Trans fats are on their way out of the American diet. Trans fats are created when vegetable oils are partially hydrogenated, a process that retards spoilage and allows the oils to be used in a number of industrial food processing applications. Some trans fats occur naturally in some vegetables and dairy products, but it is the trans fat that is used in cooking oil, and for baked goods like bread and cookies, that has gotten the attention of nutritionists and food activists.
A wide cross section of medical opinion blames trans fats for the lowering of blood levels of HDL (the good cholesterol) and an elevation of LDL (considered the bad cholesterol), leading to hardening of the arteries and coronary problems. The federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) estimates the average America eats 4.7 pounds of trans fats every year. Both the United States Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Services have warned against trans fat.
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