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Great news for our national health -- blood levels of trans fats are on the wane

It seems like a lifetime ago. Back in the 80s, nutritionists touted Crisco as a healthy alternative to lard.

Crisco. Healthy. Seriously!

It was a dietary matchup for the ages… saturated fats vs. trans fatty acids. And back then, the clear winner was trans fats. Saturated fats were demonized. Trans fats became the dietary path to better health.

But by the mid-90s, researchers started saying… “Wait a second. We might have to adjust this trans fats thing.”

It turned out to be a radical adjustment. And now it appears that the trend away from trans fats is succeeding.

The CDC has conducted a new trans fats study. And it’s published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, no less. Big Kahunas!

Results show that between 2000 and 2009, blood levels of trans fatty acids dropped by nearly 60%.

This dispatch from the front line of trans fats reduction is promising. It’s not exactly great. Not yet. But it’s good. And it looks like we’re well on the way to the ideal level of trans fats… zero.

Sources:
“A Whole Industry Is Waiting for a Pandemic” Johann Grolle and Veronika Hackenbroch, Der Spiegel, 7/21/09, spiegel.de

“Trans Fats Are Leaving The Food Supply And The Body, Study Finds” Allison Aubrey and Eliza Barclay, NPR, 2/9/12, npr.org

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