TCTI: Too Crazy To Ignore
Dave Ross
transfats_ap.jpg
Food scientists replaced saturated fats with trans fats, which were made from liquid vegetable oils. But to make a vegetable oil that was solid at room temperature, they created a stiffer molecule that stayed solid in the body, too.

We've been poisoned in the name of better health

The FDA commissioner says the evidence is incontrovertible. Trans fats increase your risk for heart disease.

So they will now be banned. But what nobody's pointing out is the reason trans fats became so popular. They go back 100 years, but they really took off once researchers started telling us that saturated fats - the natural fats found in meat, butter, coconut, and palm oil - were bad.

Food scientists replaced them with trans fats, which were made from liquid vegetable oils. But to make a vegetable oil that was solid at room temperature, they created a stiffer molecule that stayed solid in the body, too.

And as early as 1978, researchers like Dr. Mary Enig were seeing evidence that what was killing people wasn't the saturated fat, but the stuff being used in its place.

"I said to the professor, animal fats are not causing this," said Enig.

But by then, trans fats were being used for everything - fries, cookies, and bread. Americans kept getting fatter.

Now, however, with trans fats being banned, it's looking like Dr. Enig is vindicated, and the best thing for replacing them of course, is something like beef tallow, which is what they used to use a hundred years ago.

That's right, back to saturated fats! We are all Woody Allen waking up 200 years in the future amidst scientists who can't believe we ate a fat free diet.

Dave Ross, KIRO Radio Morning News Anchor
Dave Ross hosts the Morning News on KIRO Radio weekdays from 5-9 a.m. Dave has won the national Edward R. Murrow Award for writing five times since he started at KIRO Radio in 1978.
Top Stories

  • Failing
    So far, it's good news for car tab fees in King County, and bad news for bus riders

  • Minimum Age Debate
    There's a push to raise the age to from 18 to 21 in order to legally buy tobacco

  • Time for Change, Already
    Shannon Drayer is expecting some changes after the Mariners' eighth straight loss
ATTENTION COMMENTERS: We've changed our comments, but want to keep you in the conversation.
Please login below with your Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Disqus account. Existing MyNorthwest account holders will need to create a new Disqus account or use one of the social logins provided below. Thank you.
comments powered by Disqus
Sign up for breaking news e-mail alerts from MyNorthwest.com
In the community
Do you know a student who stands out in the classroom, school and community?
Help make their dreams come true by nominating them for a $1,000 scholarship and a chance to earn a $10,000 Grand Prize. Brought to you by KIRO Radio and Comprehensive Wealth Management.

Do you know an exceptional citizen who has impacted and inspired others?
KIRO Radio and WSECU would like to recognize six oustanding citizens this year. Nominate them to be recognized and to receive a $2,000 charitable grant.