Share The Wealth by Chris Gupta
November 25, 2004

Canada Could Be Second In Worlds To Ban Trans Fats

This is a good follow up to the BUTTER VERSUS MARGARINE post...

Chris Gupta

Suggestions that eliminating trans fats would force the food industry to use "harmful " animal fats or palm oil is based on false science. For years the seed oil industry has used the cholesterol scare to justify the use of their cheap, nutritionally stripped hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated soybean, canola, sunflower, safflower and corn oil based margarines and shortenings. ["Canada could be second in worlds to ban trans fats,".

Un hydrogenated animal fats as well as coconut and palm kernel oils have been used for thousands of years without harm. Independent food scientists and medical researchers, not beholden to the margarine and processed food industry, have aptly demonstrated that the rise of cardiovascular disease as the number one killer in the twentieth century parallels the introduction of hydrogenated vegetable oils and trans fatty acids in the food chain. Holland and Denmark on a per capita basis consume more cholesterol loaded bacon, whole milk, butter and eggs than the United Kingdom and North America. However, the former have a significantly lower incidence of cardiovascular disease than the latter.

Animal fat and tropical oils do not raise blood cholesterol. Label claims that food products containing hydrogenated oils are "cholesterol free" mislead consumers since trans fatty acids created by hydrogenated raise the "bad" cholesterol.

Another factor overlooked regarding the issue of polyunsaturated seed oils versus naturally saturated tropical or animal fats. Polyunsaturated oils oxidize at frying temperatures and are just as harmful to health as trans fats

Croft Woodruff


posted by Chris Gupta on Thursday November 25 2004
updated on Saturday September 24 2005

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Readers' Comments

Dear Mr. Gupta,
Your articles and website are so much appreciated. I very much agree with you that it is not the saturated animal fats that are the culprits in heart disease but the hydrogenated oils. When I look at the life style of my parents and grand parents when they were alive-sausages, bacon, eggs and lots of them and very little carbohydrate. They were healthy and no one was really over weight. They did not die of heart disease or cancer. I recall my mother giving us the drippings from the roast beef on toast each morning for breakfast and no one questioned as to whether it was healthy or not. Again congratulations on your work and I am particularly interested in your articles pertaining to our diminishing natural health freedoms and the scourge of Codex.
Sincerely, W. Hutchinson.
P.S. I have wondered weather the CNN Dr. Sanjay Gupta is related to you or not?

Posted by: Wayne Hutchinson on November 26, 2004 05:25 PM


Thanks for the compliments. No I am not related to Sanjay.

Posted by: Chris Gupta on November 27, 2004 05:02 AM


Thanks for the compliments. No I am not related to Sanjay.

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