Trans Fats

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Trans Fats Ban

Doughnuts are one of my favorite foods. I don’t eat them regularly, maybe once a month so they are an occasional treat for me. Darryl Townson, owner of “Dat Doughnut” shop in Illinois makes his living from the fried sugary goodies. Recently, lawmakers have been pushing for a ban on artificial trans fats. Such a ban would mean that people like Townson would have to alter the way he makes his doughnuts. Here in Washington, a similar bill has already been passed in King County. I chose to do my paper on the banning of trans fats because I think it is an important issue for the health and well being of the overall population. I believe there are other alternatives for preparing foods that do not involve the use of the unhealthy fats. This course has helped me to understand more about the profound synthesis between the human body and food. I have come to understand that there are many obstacles between human beings and a healthy active lifestyle. I believe that eliminating use of trans fats is one obstacle that could be eliminated for the overall good of the health of many.

Most people are aware that they should limit their intakes of fatty foods. What many people do not realize though, is that there are some fats that are worse for their health than others. I learned in chapter five of our Nutrition text that trans fats are likely the worst possible fat to consume. There is an abundance of scientific evidence to support the dangers of trans fats. One study reports that trans fats are the cause of  30,000 U.S. heart disease deaths a year. Since trans fats seemingly provide little to no health or nutritional benefits and cause so many health problems as well as deaths, it is my personal opinion that the population would benefit from the removal of them from foods.

Removal of trans fats from foods could have a profound effect on the number of Americans that struggle with obesity. Chapter nine highlighted the causes of obesity, and while...
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