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 genetics and metabolism can play a major role on the “inside-the-body” causes of obesity, over eating and diet is also to blame for being “outside-the-body” contributors. We also learned that 66% of the population is overweight. With such staggering statistics, it seems commonsensical to me that there should be a push to ban deadly trans fats. These statistics, coupled with the fact that there are so many other obstacles to conquer on the road to living a healthily lifestyle, it appears that trans fats would be a logical road block to remove.

In some areas, bills have already been passed that eliminate the use of trans fats. New York City, as well as King County here in Washington State has begun to set the precedence of the trans fat ban. The ban that was successfully passed in King County requires all food establishments discontinue using products that contain 0. 5 grams or more of artificial trans fat per serving, with the exception of foods served in their original container and unopened, such as potato chips. I am hopeful that King County will set a current trend, and the eventually trans fats will be eliminated from all foods nationwide.

A ban on trans fats would mean that foods such as Darryl Townson’s doughnuts would have to be made in a different fashion, or stopped being made all together. French fries and other fried foods will have to be fried in different types of oils. Makers and distributors of these foods resists the trans fats ban because it would mean that they would likely see a change in the cost of preparing and serving foods on their menus, thus forcing them to charge a higher price to the consumer.

As a personal consumer of French fries and doughnuts, I would be willing to pay the slight monetary difference between a food prepared in a healthier style rather than one made with trans fats. There is virtually no comparison between the fractional increase of the food and the exorbitant costs of medical care. Paying for treatments for conditions such as Type-2 Diabetes and heart disease can force some people into bankruptcy. If spending a few extras dollars could add years of health to the average lifespan, then it is a trade worth making. In conclusion, a nationwide ban on trans fats could benefit everyone.

Not only could eliminating trans fats eliminate thousands of unnecessary deaths each year, but it could mean a drastic decline in obesity and a variety of other health conditions such as heart disease. Trans fats are a needless ingredient in foods since there are many other ways to prepare the same foods in a healthier manner. Trans fats provide no nutritional value to the foods that we consume. If anything, this course has taught me about the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle and a well balanced diet. With the removal of trans fats from the foods that we consume, we would be that much closer to a healthier America.

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