More Food Fascism: The Trans Fats Nazis

Wednesday, September 27, 2006
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Just when you think it can’t get any more ridiculous, you read that the city of New York is looking to ban all ingredients that contain trans fats in its city restaurants.

Health Commissioner Thomas Frieden acknowledged that the ban would be a challenge for restaurants, but he said trans fats can easily be replaced with substitute oils that taste the same or better and are far less unhealthy.

“It is a dangerous and unnecessary ingredient,” Frieden said. “No one will miss it when it’s gone.”

Artificial trans fats are bad — no doubt. So don’t write me and say “But….” However, the notion of any government anywhere trying to control what any person smokes, eats, or drinks is stupefying and totalitarian. And then you have to deal with central planning wannabees like this: “Dr. Walter Willett, chairman of the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard University School of Public Health, praised New York health officials for considering a ban, which he said could save lives.

“Artificial trans fats are very toxic, and they almost surely causes tens of thousands of premature deaths each year,” he said. “The federal government should have done this long ago.”

I say shut up and tend to your own affairs. Thanks to Lance C. for the link.

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