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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...

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...

Does your peanut butter contain poison? How to identify hidden trans fats in popular brands

6/19/2014 - Consider the lowly peanut. Almost any way you look at them -- unless you're allergic -- peanuts are a near-perfect food. They come straight from Mother Nature already wrapped in a handy, no-mess, biodegradable package. They're easy to carry, easy to store. They're also incredibly versatile. Peanuts...

FDA declares trans fats no longer safe to eat; partially-hydrogenated oils to be banned from nearly all foods

11/10/2013 - The FDA is on a roll. Barely two week after announcing new quality control standards for pet food manufacturers, the agency has declared that trans fats are no longer safe to consume. A ban of the toxic substance is in the works, and the FDA will spearhead the eventual removal of this disease-promoting...

The structural rigidity of trans fats, and why they are so dangerous for your health

5/4/2013 - Saturated fats often get erroneously lumped into the same unhealthy category as trans fats because of their similar molecular structure, which is part of the reason why saturated fats are still largely looked down upon in mainstream society as harmful to health. But trans fats are actually in a class...

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...

Food manufacturers actually did some good by reducing trans fats in their products

9/19/2010 - Contrary to fears that moves to phase out the use of trans fats would just lead to the replacement of one problem ingredient with another, a new study shows that the overall level of trans fats in foods has dropped without a corresponding increase in saturated fat. "Companies almost always can reformulate...

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...

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...

The Danger of Trans Fats may be Passed from Mother to Child through Breastfeeding

10/27/2008 - When a breastfeeding woman consumes trans-fats, she may be harming not only herself, but also passing on health problems to her child both as an infant and as an adult, according to a study conducted by researchers from the State University of Rio de Janeiro and published in the journal Nutrition. "Our...

Los Angeles Restaurants on New Plan to Eliminate Trans Fats from Menu

6/4/2008 - Los Angeles County has implemented a voluntary program in which restaurants can be certified as "trans fat free" and receive a decal to display that fact to customers. "This has been a long time coming," said Blair C. Salisbury, president of the Los Angeles County chapter of the California Restaurant...

The Dangers of Sugars and 'Bad Fats' Explained

4/23/2008 - By far the chief wreckers of our health today are sugars and bad fats. So which are the good ones and which ones are bad? My aim is to enable you to make better food choices for you and your family. Sugars Sugars are more than just the white grains you put in your coffee or tea. Sugars are also...

CSPI sues Burger King for knowingly harming customers with trans fats

10/4/2007 - The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) filed a lawsuit recently against Burger King for knowingly harming its customers, increasing their risk of heart disease and early death by refusing to stop cooking with partially hydrogenated oils. Cooking oils are artificially hydrogenated to...

L.A. enacts voluntary trans fat ban

2/1/2007 - Following New York’s 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...

Maryland legislator seeks to ban trans fat

1/25/2007 - Following in the footsteps of New York City, a Maryland delegate has proposed legislation to ban trans fats in the Old Line State. The legislation comes from Democrat James W. Hubbard, whose recent bill in Maryland’s House of Delegates would ban restaurants from serving foods with more than a half-gram...

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...

Los Angeles County considering banning trans fats in restaurants

1/16/2007 - The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted earlier this week to study the feasibility of banning trans fats in county restaurants, much like New York City, which banned the unhealthy fats from restaurant foods in December last year. The board of supervisors voted to study a possible ban following...

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...

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...

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...

American Heart Association opposes New York trans fats ban

11/16/2006 - The American Heart Association (AHA) recently came out in opposition of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposed ban on trans fats in the city's restaurants, claiming the ban may force eateries to revert to oils high in unhealthy saturated fats. "The American Heart Association is concerned that...

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...

Food industry to fight trans fat ban with lawsuits

10/2/2006 - When New York City proposed its ban Tuesday against restaurants using harmful trans fats -- an ingredient shown to cause health issues from high cholesterol to cancer -- a legal hornets' nest over the safety of America's food supply may have been stirred up, legal experts said. The battle has been...

Trans fatty acids are public health hazard, says author of "Poison in the Food"

10/2/2006 - While some critics are denouncing New York City's proposal to almost completely ban dangerous trans fat from its restaurants, Natural health advocate Mike Adams, author of "Poison In the Food: Hydrogenated Oils," is publicly stating his support for the plan. "NYC has every right to protect its people...

NYC considering ban of all trans fats in restaurants

9/27/2006 - New York City health officials recently unveiled a proposal that would ban artificial trans fatty acids from the city's 24,600 restaurants, just three years after prohibiting smoking in eateries. Most trans fats are found in shortenings, margarines and frying oils, and can be found in foods ranging...

KFC sued for serving chicken fried in trans fats

6/20/2006 - Retired physician Arthur Hoyte of Rockville, Ma is working with the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) to sue popular fast food restaurant Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) over its use of cooking oils that contain trans fats. "If I had known that KFC uses an unnatural frying oil, and that...

The health dangers of trans fats have been known for decades, yet food companies still poison customers with hydrogenated oils

6/6/2006 - With new trans fat labeling laws now going into effect, which require food manufacturers to list the trans fat content right on the nutrition facts label, it's time to be brutally honest about the continued use of trans fat and hydrogenated oils in the food manufacturing industry. For decades, food...

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