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Fat Chance In California That Trans Fat Ban Will Help

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California bans Trans Fat in all restaurants and eateries. Other states have single cities banning trans fats such as New York City, but California becomes the first state to ban trans fats throughout the entire state. Dr. Westby G. Fisher, MD, FACC, an Associate Professor of Medicine at the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL comments on trans fats.

"A Low-Carbohydrate, Ketogenic Diet versus a Low-Fat Diet To Treat Obesity and Hyperlipidemia" showed low-carbohydrate, ketogenic (high fat) diets were superior to a low-fat diets for weight loss and lipid management.

"A randomized controlled trial of a moderate-fat, low-energy diet compared with a low fat, low-energy diet for weight loss in overweight adults" demonstrated the moderate fat diet helped dieters lose weight faster than low-fat diets.

In a "Comparison of the Atkins, Zone, Ornish, and LEARN Diets for Change in Weight and Related Risk Factors Among Overweight Premenopausal Women," the Atkins diet, with its high fat, won hands down at weight loss and lipid improvement in women.

And now, in the DIRECT Trial testing "Weight Loss with a Low-Carbohydrate, Mediterranean, or Low-Fat Diet," we find that low carbohydrate (moderate fat) or Mediterranean diets are superior to low-fat diets at weight loss and lipid management.

So given all of this prospective, randomized data, why the heck is California so proud to be banning trans fats? Trans fats exist in many, many foods besides baking oils. Meats, butter, and milk all have trans fats. Given the available data above and the efficancy of LOW CARDBOHYDRATE diets to improve weight and lipid panels, might they be targeting the wrong thing?

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No wonder patients are confused about trans fats.

Wannabe TV Chef comments on Dr. Wes's article, which we found interesting and therefore, post below.

All diets are bad, none are healthy. That is if you use the incorrect definition of "diet" which is something you only intend to do for a while to lose weight. Live style changes to smaller portions, six times a day to boost metabolism, and exercise is the ONLY healthy way to eat. Even Dr. Atkins said that low carb was not healthy, but rather a reaction to counter a life style that has led one to the point of morbid obesity. After the patient was out of the danger zone he then recommended a life style change to a healthy moderate-carb, moderate-fat diet.

Yes, trace amounts of trans fats do occasionally occur in some animal products, the bulk of trans fats come from hydrogonated oils like shortening and margerine. These "man-made" trans fats cannot be metabolized by the body and are therefore stored as fat, every single gram of them. These fats are also thought to cause cancer. Man-made trans fats constitute 99.9% of trans fats in the American diet.

Californians should feel proud and any other state that has not banned them should seriously think about it.

If we eliminate man-made trans fats and the equally evil high fructose corn syrup from the nation's diet then our obesity rate will plummet.

You can read Dr. Wes's blog at drwes.blogspot.com



Articles demonizing specific foods or ingredients don't help consumers make informed decisions. For example, a sugar is a sugar, whether it’s honey, high fructose corn syrup, table sugar, or fruit juices. As a registered dietitian in California who counsels patients who want to lose weight, I share with them that replacing high fructose corn syrup with sugar will not reduce obesity or improve health. No single food or ingredient can be said to be responsible for the increase in overweight men, women and children. Overall, consuming too many calories and getting too little exercise certainly contributes to this health problem. Limiting calories, making wise food choices and getting daily physical activity are the choices that will that will help consumers get on the road to better health.