OK, I tried to be good. I really did. I read this story in the paper this morning. I bitched to Maggie, and then I tried to leave it at that.
But I can’t.
What am I bitching about? No, not the impending ban on trans fat. I pretty much regard that as a good thing. My complaint is about this quote from Dr. Junaid Khan, the director of cardiovascular services at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center:
The trend (against trans fat) was clearly there. I’m just glad the FDA got on it. You try to educate people, but education is only one part. Forcing industry to stop putting poison in people’s food is an obvious option.
Excuse me, but “poison”? No, Dr. Khan, trans fats are not poison. Not unless you’re also going to class salt, caffeine, and alcohol as a poisons. After all, assuming you weigh 175 pounds, the caffeine in 111 cups of brewed coffee (or 60 bottles of 5 Hour Energy) will kill you at least as quickly as the trans fat in your diet today. Ditto for 265 grams of table salt (that’s 44 teaspoons) or 20 shots of 80 proof booze.
Trans fats may be unhealthy, but they’re not poison.
Look, Doc, I understand you’re making a point, but this kind of hyperbole isn’t helping. You’ve already won the battle: trans fats are being banned from foods. Can you drop the scare tactics? Thanks!