Saturday, June 17, 2006

Global Warming, World Running Out of Oil, Transfats Hoaxes

It is an established FACT that transfats are bad for us. They cause heart disease, heart attacks, strokes, and premature deaths.

NOT SO. According to Junk Science:
While there are studies that purport to link trans fats with heart disease, when you look at the data and methodology behind the studies, their claims rapidly fall apart.

Studies indicate that consumption of trans fats temporarily elevate levels of so-called “bad” cholesterol and temporarily lower levels of so-called “good cholesterol.” This simple blood chemistry is not in dispute. What is in dispute is the significance of the temporary change in blood cholesterol levels.

Trans fat alarmists would have you believe that these transient blood chemistry changes increase your chances of having a heart attack. The available scientific data, however, don’t back up that assertion. A number of studies of human populations have attempted to statistically associate consumption of trans fats with increased heart attack risk, but the only conclusion that can be fairly drawn from any of them is that, if there is a risk, it’s too small to measure through standard epidemiologic methodology.

I personally don't care or have a stake in whether or not trans fats are good or bad or neutral for human consumption. It would just be nice if we didn't race to conclusions and start making much ado before we have all the facts.

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