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Packaged junk food sales fell 24% as Americans turn away from unhealthy diets

2/4/2015 - This bit of statistical news from an epidemiological study does not necessarily indicate that Americans are eating healthier. And it doesn't isolate all the really unhealthiest aspects of processed foods. Grains and sugar isn't enough.[1,2] The data comes from a 2014 study published December...

Research links processed trans fats to memory impairment

12/6/2014 - Working-age men who eat a diet high in trans fats have worse memories than their counterparts who eat less of the artificial fats, according to a study conducted by researchers from the University of California-San Diego and presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2014. The...

Trans fat foods to avoid: the 5 worst offenders

6/24/2014 - Sure, foods containing trans fat taste great and stay fresh longer, but they are also bad for your health in a multitude of ways, including raising bad cholesterol, lowering good cholesterol and increasing inflammation. Also known as "trans fatty acids" and "partially hydrogenated oils," trans fat is...

What is trans fat? Definitions and warnings

6/20/2014 - When it comes to dieting, some people may think that avoiding fat is a good first step. Cut fat, lose weight, right? The truth is, the world of fats is a very complicated one. There are good fats and bad fats, natural fats and unnatural ones. And all of them affect your body in different ways. Some...

Since 1950, reliable research has been suppressed to keep Americans in the dark about trans-fatty acids causing cancer and heart attacks

8/29/2012 - Ask yourself why major healthcare CEO's and executives invest in fast food chain stocks, and you will get one definitive answer: They all know that those consumers spend a fortune on chronic degenerative diseases. United States health insurance giants own nearly $2 billion in stock in McDonald's, Burger...

Hungry Man frozen dinner company sued over allegations of false trans fats labeling

6/30/2012 - There seems to be a growing trend among food companies to "obfuscate" (a fancy word for fabricating) the ingredients in their products. Regular readers of may remember our recent stories detailing how beverage giant Coca-Cola escaped a federal lawsuit over false advertising for one...

Not all trans fat is created equal: Could 'natural' trans fats actually be good for you?

10/29/2011 - If you were to ask any random person on the street today if trans fats are bad for health, he or she would most likely respond in the affirmative. But a new study out of the University of Alberta (UA) in Canada clarifies a common misunderstanding about trans fats -- natural, health-promoting, ruminant...

Study author calls on FDA to require truthful trans fat labeling (how about GMOs as well?)

1/6/2011 - Many processed foods are loaded with trans fats -- including even those labeled as having "zero grams of trans fat per serving." The problem lies in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) thwarted labeling requirements that permit certain "low" levels of trans fats to be labeled as zero, a deception...

Believe It or Not: Trans Fat Can Be a Good Thing

7/27/2010 - Debates can be had about nearly every type of food on the planet. Dairy, grains and fruit juice are among the many foods which have recently caused quite a stir in the natural health community as to whether they are the friends or enemies of our health. Trans fat, however, typically ranks as the king...

How partially-hydrogenated oils and trans fats destroy your health

11/10/2009 - Of all the poisons in the food supply, trans fats are perhaps the most frequently overlooked. They're hidden in all sorts of foods, from crackers and baked goods to breakfast cereals. And thanks to intentionally deceptive FDA-approved labeling laws, food products that contain sizable amounts of trans...

Scientist, 94, goes after the FDA for misleading trans fat food labels

10/11/2009 - At 94, University of Illinois veterinary biosciences professor emeritus Fred Kummerow is an extraordinarily busy -- and determined -- man. Not only is he continuing to conduct research on how trans fats in the diet can harm health, he's taking on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and sounding the...

Consumers Duped by Trans Fat Labeling

8/28/2009 - FDA food labeling rules make it possible for consumers to exceed their maximum recommended daily intake of trans fats even if they eat only foods labeled "zero trans fats" per serving. Trans fats, also known as hydrogenated oils, are synthetically produced by adding hydrogen atoms to unsaturated...

80 Percent of Americans Have No Idea Which Foods Contain Trans Fats

5/11/2009 - While most people in the United States now know that they should avoid trans fats, only 20 percent actually know which foods are likely to contain the dangerous ingredients, according to a survey conducted by researchers from the University of Colorado-Denver and published in the Journal of the American...

A Real Killer: Trans Fat Causes Colon Cancer

3/30/2009 - Trans fat is now linked with yet another troubling health concern: colon cancer. Recent studies are showing people who consume the most trans fat increase their risk of colon cancer by a staggering 86 percent. These findings are highly relevant considering that colon cancer is among the top three cancers...

Trans Fatty Acids Boost Risk of Colon Cancer by 86 Percent

3/18/2009 - Higher consumption of trans fatty acids can increase a person's risk of precancerous colorectal tumors by 86 percent, researchers have found. "These results suggest that consumption of high amounts of trans-fatty acid may increase the risk of colorectal neoplasia [abnormal cell growth], and they...

Avoid Diets High in Trans Fat, Disease and Death

1/14/2009 - The average American individual regularly eats some food high in Trans Fat. This may put average Americans at risk for diseases such as high cholesterol, type II diabetes mellitus, Alzheimer's disease, Infertility, Liver dysfunction, prostate cancer, and breast cancer (3). The American Heart Association...

Fatal and Vital Foods - Popular Nutrition Myths Exposed

2/7/2008 - I often get asked to write down some basic rules of what to eat and what not to eat. There's a lot of information out there but it's often fragmented and, even worse, contradictory. All I can do is give you my vision on fatal and vital foods. I base this on nothing but common sense. Here goes. Sugars Avoid...

The top five cancer-causing foods

4/24/2007 - Ever wonder which foods should be strongly avoided by those at high risk for cancer? We can begin identifying cancer-causing foods once we know which ingredients in our food cause cancer. Some of those ingredients are food additives and chemicals used to enhance taste, while others are used strictly...

Michigan may be next to move away from trans fats

2/13/2007 - (NewTarget) Michigan may be the next in a growing line of states and cities considering a ban on trans fat. State Rep. Lee Gonzales, D-Flint Township, introduced four bills last week that could impact the health and diets of Michiganders. The first and most drastic of the bills would ban the use...

L.A. enacts voluntary trans fat ban

2/1/2007 - Following New Yorkís ban on the use of trans fats in restaurants last month, many cities across the country are considering similar plans to eliminate the artery-clogging ingredient. Los Angeles may be the first major metropolitan area to make the move, allowing a distinctly Californian twist. Lawyers...

Study: Hidden Trans Fats Boost Women's Infertility Risk by 70 Percent

1/25/2007 - Already known to increase the risk of heart disease, trans fats may also increase a woman's risk of fertility problems by 70 percent or more, according to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Trans fats, which have no nutritional value, are regularly added to thousands...

Animal study links yet another health problem with trans fats: an increase in stubborn belly fat

1/11/2007 - According to the American Obesity Association, 127 million adults in the United States are overweight, while 60 million are obese and 9 million are severely obese. With the U.S. population pushing 300 million, that equates to nearly two-thirds of American adults being classified as at least overweight...

Starbucks to cut trans fats from baked goods in half of U.S. stores

1/4/2007 - Coffee retailer Starbucks Corp. recently announced that it would remove trans fats from baked goods in half of its U.S. stores by Jan. 3, and plans to eventually cut the unhealthy fats from foods in all its stores. According to Starbucks spokesman Brandon Borrman, the company had been attempting...

California lawmaker proposes NYC-like trans fat ban

1/2/2007 - California Assemblywoman Bonnie Garcia, R-Cathedral City, proposed a bill today that seeks to ban trans fats in baked and fried foods in restaurants and school cafeterias throughout the state. Though the proposed bill is not as comprehensive as the trans fat ban passed earlier this month in New...

Massachusetts bill seeks trans fats ban

1/1/2007 - Just shortly after New York City banned all restaurants from using trans fats in their food preparation, a lawmaker introduced a bill on Tuesday that would make Massachusetts the first entire state to ban artificial trans fats from restaurants. New York City's ban of the artery-clogging oils goes...

Australian city debates trans fat ban after NYC takes action

12/26/2006 - The council of Waverly, Australia is considering a campaign to phase out deadly trans fats from hundreds of restaurants across an area that includes the Bondi and Bronte restaurant strips, after a similar ban was passed in NYC. Former Waverley mayor Mora Main is leading the campaign, saying the council...

New York becomes first U.S. city to ban trans fats

12/5/2006 - A unanimous vote from the New York City Board of Health has made the Big Apple the first U.S. city to ban harmful trans fats from its restaurants. First proposed on Sept. 26, the ban on using trans fats in restaurant cooking stirred up a hornets' nest of positive and negative reactions, as proponents...

KFC joins Wendy's in switching to trans-fat-free cooking oil

10/30/2006 - KFC, a unit of Yum Brands Inc., announced today that it plans to switch all its U.S. fried chicken restaurants to trans-fat-free cooking oils by April 2007. KFC, which recently came under fire for the high trans fat content of its fried chicken products, joins hamburger giant Wendy's in removing...

Health author: Australia moves to protect public from trans fats; U.S. government does nothing

10/24/2006 - The Australian government has established the National Collaboration on Trans Fats in order to reduce the presence of the harmful food ingredient, and one American health author is applauding Australia for protecting its citizens from the ingredient. Trans fats are found in foods that contain hydrogenated...

New Yorkers: Join Us Mon., Oct. 30 To Kick Trans Fats Out of New York Restaurants

10/23/2006 - Unless you've been hiding out in a cave lately, you've probably heard about the horrific dangers of trans fats -- partially hydrogenated vegetable oils found in processed cookies, cakes, crackers, breads, doughnuts, and deep-fried French fries, etc.-- which can lead to an increased risk of coronary...

NYC to hold public hearing on trans fat ban; health consumers rally at

10/18/2006 - The New York Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has caused a stir among both health proponents and food producers with its proposed ban of trans fats in city restaurants, while food producers say that the relatively small amount of trans fats in their food is safe. Now, one health educator is rallying...

Trans fat restriction in Denmark offers success story for similar initiative in New York City

10/17/2006 - Two years ago, authorities in Denmark made it illegal to produce food with more than 2 percent trans fats, imposing hefty fines and even prison terms against violators, and consumers have said that foods are not poorer for it. This notion dashes the claims of food producers who claim that removing...

Trans fat leads to weight gain even on same total calories, animal study shows (press release)

8/3/2006 - The "apple" body shape that increases the risk of diabetes and heart disease may be accelerated by eating trans fat such as partially hydrogenated vegetable oil, according to new animal research at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. ...

Health roundup: The depression patch, McDonald's trans fat goofs and bottled water (satire)

3/12/2006 - The FDA has now approved a patch for depression. Slap one of these patches on your skin, and a slow dose of mind-altering drugs is slowly absorbed into your blood. This approval, of course, comes from the same federal agency that claims skin care and cosmetic products containing toxic chemicals aren't...

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