Federal Hammer to Come Down on Trans Fats

Nothing is as good in a country dominated by liberals. The laundry doesn’t come out as clean because the mandated eco-washers don’t use enough water. Dishes come out of the dishwater dirty because liberals don’t like phosphates. Cars are becoming tin cans that don’t go very fast but that it is a death sentence to be inside during a crash. Power bills and taxes go up and up and up. Telling a harmless joke can cost you your job. Most everything on television is moronic and disgusting. Other countries hold ours in contempt. Plus this: food won’t taste as good.

The Obama administration is expected to all but ban trans fat in a final ruling that could drop as soon as next week, killing most uses of an ingredient that has been put in everything from frozen pizza to Reese’s Pieces but since deemed harmful to human health.

The agency may create some very limited exemptions, but the ruling could force food companies to cut trans fat use beyond the 85 percent reduction already achieved over the past decade — a key piece of the Obama administration’s broader agenda to nudge Americans toward a healthier diet.

“Nudge” is a liberal euphemism for “force.” As with Michelle Obama’s inedible school lunches, whether the federally mandated diet will be any healthier is doubtful. What the government regards as healthy fluctuates wildly.

The federal government’s crackdown on trans fat is an ironic twist for a substance that first came into favor in the 1950’s as a response to the perceived negative health issues linked to the use of saturated fats from animal products, like lard and butter. The oils, which are made “partially hydrogenated” by bubbling hydrogen molecules through liquid at high temperatures, become solid, giving food a better shelf life and texture.

As always with ham-fisted government coercion, there will be unintended consequences…

[M]any food companies look to palm oil as a substitute for partially hydrogenate oils, but harvesting palm oil sometimes means clearing rainforests to make way for palm plantations.

According to liberal ideology, clearing rainforests causes global warming.

Given the hysteria of our liberal ruling class, it is likely that trans fats are totally harmless when consumed in normal quantities. Casualties of the jihad against them will include sprinkles on donuts.

The trans fats ban may worsen the freshness, appearance, and texture of food more than its taste per se. But coming soon: bans on sugar and salt.

Even Homer Simpson could figure out that this is tyranny.

On a tip Petterssonp. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.

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