These very unhealthy trans unsaturated fatty acids are known to cause heart disease and other health problems. California has just said, "NO MORE"! This is a first great step to changing our country's health and saving lives.
Hopefully, all the other states will take notice and go into similar immediate action. But our health problems that have been set in motion over decades won't be so easily reversed. Unfortunately, it will take time and this means our obesity problem will continue to grow and likely millions more will die considering that over half a million Americans die yearly from heart disease.
I am supportive of California's effort because as consumers of a product (food), we should have a presumption of innocence regarding our food. By that I mean that the food should be innocent of creating harm to our bodies. When we eat, we should not have to guard ourselves or be concerned that it is toxic in any way.
We must rely on those that feed us to be responsible and look out for our needs, safety and health. But this does not negate our personal responsibility to eat better, make healthier choices and do all we can individually to create wellness from within. I think we may be moving in the right direction, however, I do have a concern that by replacing trans fats with soybean oil as stated in the ABC article will create a host of other health issues. Yes, I know most people think soy is wonderful. However, soy has its own problems.
Back in 1995, the Israeli Health Ministry created a thirteen member team of oncologists, nutritionists and other specialists to study soy. Their conclusion:
Soy adversely affects the body in many ways and should be minimally eaten or not at all. The estrogen like plant hormones in soy can cause hormonal and reproductive problems and even cancer. They even advised a ban on soy based infant formula.
Many years of doing food allergy tests on patients have shown a high percentage have soy issues. Often times these are not full blown allergic symptoms but sensitivities. They can manifest as an array of symptoms that a person would not suspect a seemingly harmless food to be the cause.
As always, stay informed, eat as naturally as possible, and take good nutritional supplementation. I also highly recommend a food sensitivity test for everyone. It is highly informative and can change your life. Call my office or go to our website at http://www.barrettchiroclinic.com/ to read more.
Also, check out the rest of the trans fat story on ABC news at http://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory?id=5454372
Learn more about trans fat at http://www.bantransfat.com/
P.S. I think I'm going to write to Arnold and suggest they change all state signs and license plates to read "First trans fat free state"! What do you think?