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(Some Canadian Guy)   From the nation that wants to decriminalize marijuana: "Let's outlaw trans fat."   ( divider line
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9785 clicks; posted to Main » on 19 Nov 2004 at 11:37 PM (12 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2004-11-19 10:10:42 PM  
ndp is a fringe party with very little real power.
2004-11-19 10:19:20 PM  
Where would the world be without,
2004-11-19 10:30:08 PM  
Canola == Canada oil == rapeseed oil.

Which just happens to be low in trans-fats. HMMMMM!

No war for vegetable oil.
2004-11-19 10:39:00 PM  

ndp is a fringe party with very little real power

I think you confused the "ndp" with "Canada"
and "party" with "country"

2004-11-19 11:40:56 PM  
pot is good.

fat is bad.

the choice is obvious.
2004-11-19 11:41:31 PM  
Layton = hoser
2004-11-19 11:41:52 PM  
sounds like a good idea.
2004-11-19 11:42:04 PM  
What a remarkably sane thing to do.
2004-11-19 11:42:10 PM  
What's trans it just fat with something unexpected hiding under its dress?
2004-11-19 11:42:35 PM  
Stupid Canadians.
Yeah, I said it. What are you gonna do about it? Huh?
2004-11-19 11:43:23 PM  
Sounds like it might not be a bad idea.
And this is coming from a guy whose favorite foods are KFC, chicken wings, and potato chips.

The news in Toronto has been all over this lately, after some report came out showing how toxic trans fats are to humans. Basically, one gram of trans fats a day is one gram too many. You might as well just take a big swig of motor oil.

And since the Canadian government is on the hook for everyone's healthcare (including rather expensive heart attacks), I guess they'd be quite right to want to keep this crap from geting into its constituents.

It's mostly just used to keep food on shelves longer anyway. As some politician said today (paraphrase), "What do we put more importance on? The shelf life of humans, or the shelf life of donuts?"
2004-11-19 11:44:29 PM  
LoL Only an American would call that asinine

-Sorry I just had to heat it up in here.

- I love me fat :)
2004-11-19 11:44:33 PM  
a) somebody IN canada wants to ban-transfats, much like some people in the US do.

b) can anybody rationally explain how they would miss transfats? like, does that extra 'trans' make it extra good?

and no, I don't support banning transfats, I'm just heading some stuff off at the pass
2004-11-19 11:44:43 PM  
Because it is of course the governments responsibility to tell me what I can and can't eat.

2004-11-19 11:44:44 PM  
Can we just ban banning? I want to ride my bike without a helmet, a pitbull under my arm and an oreo in my mouth. Eh.

/yo ho farking blows eh
2004-11-19 11:44:52 PM  
Is that a rhetorical question?

I mean, the right answer is humans, right?
2004-11-19 11:44:52 PM  
Where would the world be without,

ack I don't want to think about that :P
2004-11-19 11:45:27 PM  
Sounds like a good idea to me. Trans fat is terrible for people, simply terrible. And totally unneccesary for quality snack food.
2004-11-19 11:46:01 PM  
Sounds like a good idea... but I don't agree with it..

I doubt it will even pass thou...
2004-11-19 11:46:24 PM  
I don't see the problem here.
2004-11-19 11:48:07 PM  
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Ahh, Denmark. Leading the world in sex, candy, pig-to-man ratio and now "No Fat Chicks" laws.

/proud heritage
2004-11-19 11:50:16 PM  
Don't worry, a party with a similar level of power in Canadian politics was in favor of razing the rockies, nothing will come of it ^_^
2004-11-19 11:50:58 PM  
I'd rather see the gov't throw some edumacation out there about it rather than just deciding to ban it, even though it's pretty bad for us. They haven't banned a shiatload of other bad things yet...
2004-11-19 11:51:32 PM  
Incidentally, both positions make a lot of sense.

Trans fat is something that does not exist in nature, and that is pretty much universally regarded as toxic. It is known to be harmful. It is as far as we can tell always harmful. We don't let them put ddt in our food and sell it, why should we let them put trans fats in? (Yes, I realize there is a large difference in the toxicity levels of these 2 chemicals, but still, the principle is the same)

Meanwhile, marijuana is considered by many to be beneficial to the health, and while this remains to be conclusively demonstrated, the herb is certainly used by millions on a regular basis without any adverse effects. Why it even became illegal to begin with is completely beyond me, and has never been adequately explained to my knowledge.

(and yes, I called it an herb and not a drug. When I chew on a coca leaf, that's an herb too. When I process it into a white powder, that's a drug)
2004-11-19 11:53:07 PM  
till they ban tobacco i will not take this seriously
2004-11-19 11:57:49 PM  
I love this idea! And it's not just the NDP, people from all parties are supporting this.
And it doesn't mean giving up snacks, just forcing companies to make better ones.
2004-11-19 11:59:13 PM  
Trans fat kills a lot of people and is a part of a national obesity epidemic.

Marijuana kills not so many people.
2004-11-19 11:59:25 PM  
And from the Nation that brought you reality TV: "Lets invade countries and show it on TV."
2004-11-20 12:02:22 AM  
You can't legalize pot nd then outlaw potato chips! What the hell are they thinking!?
2004-11-20 12:03:30 AM  
I'm usually against banning stuff, but my quality of life would increase significantly if there were fewer fat chicks.

(I'd easily reduce my annual salary by $25k for a major reduction in the number of fat chicks.)
2004-11-20 12:04:24 AM  
From this site
There are recommended maximum daily allowances for total fat, saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium on the FDA approved Nutrition Facts labels on food packages. For example, the labels state that 25 grams of saturated fat can be consumed daily as part of a 2,500 calorie diet. However, the FDA has refused to set a maximum recommended daily allowance for trans fats, because the only safe level is zero.

In the United States, saturated fat must be listed on the "Nutrition Facts" label on food packaging. However, there is no legal requirement to list trans fat on the label. People are being deceived. They see the saturated fat listed, but they don't realize that trans fat is also in there.
2004-11-20 12:07:49 AM  
again, why is this asinine? trans fats are terrible for your body..
2004-11-20 12:09:07 AM  
OK, this line represents the length of time the "human race" has existed.


And this line is how long we have had the ability to chemically de-construct and re-construct food.


Get the picture?

The human being came up outta da primoridial hood eatsin whole grains and whole mastadons. "Tomato Sauce" made from Corn Syrup, Hydrogenated Oils, and Modified Food Starches is really, very new to us.

Think about it. Unless you are a porn-queen, food is the biggest thing you accept into your body every day. What if it is Digital Food, all processed to the point of having a negative effect on your health?
2004-11-20 12:09:14 AM  
If they ban it, the porkers will move to the US where they belong.
2004-11-20 12:12:01 AM  
Submitter, two points for your consideration:
1. Marijuana is good.
2. Trans Fat is bad, and provides not a fraction of the fun #1 does.
2004-11-20 12:12:36 AM  
So, the submitter is basically saying -- Americans get to go to prison for a little weed, while in Canada the government is actually doing something about the obesity problem.

Um, yeah, that sure looks asinine to me.

/rather be high than fat, but I guess I just don't understand "values."
2004-11-20 12:12:38 AM  
Great misuse of the asinine tag. What's wrong with banning something so unhealthy for you? Did the news of the banning of Vioxx get an asinine tag too?
2004-11-20 12:12:58 AM  
Actually - and I probably shouldn't even mention this here, but I'll tell you anyway - this is all part of a very secret initiative by the Canadian government to get us into fighting shape in the coming four years.

Soon, things will begin to crumble in the U.S. under the ham-fist of W, and in about three years, when the weight of the average American finally tips the scales at more than 300 pounds, cars will need to be made wider to accomodate the ever-expanding American ass, and all of your two-lane highways will need to be condensed down to one, bringing things to a standstill and crippling your once-mighty nation.

That is when Canada will strike.
By then you Yanks won't even bother to drag your fat asses off the couch to see what the 'splodin outside is all aboot.

And all of our banned donuts will still come in very handy for this operation. How do you think it feels to get beaned in the head with a frozen donut, mister?
Well it doesn't tickle, I can tell ya that!

Be afraid.
The smart ones among you will begin bowing now to their eventual Canadian masters.
It is inevitable.
2004-11-20 12:13:31 AM  
Does anyone see the irony here? In the 1970's, trans-fat (hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated vegetable oil) was hailed as the so-much-healthier alternative to horrible saturated animal fats. Evangelical-like health advocates were demanding that food processors replace icky, artery-clogging butter with it.
2004-11-20 12:13:32 AM  
hmm.. there's been an awful lot of canadian news these last few days, hasn't there been? is there a canuck mod now or what?

not that I'm complaining. though i don't understand the use of that asinine tag here.
2004-11-20 12:14:31 AM  
Ive been told that the in Canada at least, a corporation can put 0% transfat on the labels of their food if they have less than 15g of transfat total, no matter what. Total bullshiat. Its like why I try to not have a bunch of milk in the states, they dont say how much farkin growth hormones are there.

And to those saying, why make the government choose what we can and cant eat: Dude, I want to be able to eat fast food without worrying about whether I'm risking my health just to do so on a regular basis.

Oh no, not the potato chips! I cant live without those!
2004-11-20 12:14:50 AM  
i think banning that crap is a great the same time i can say that i rarely eat anything containing trans fat. i wouldn't be surpised if the folks who consume the most of it care the least about it.
seriously people, think before you eat...stop feeding your ass.
2004-11-20 12:16:28 AM  
Submitter works for producers of Trans Fat.

/mmmmm trans fat.
2004-11-20 12:18:02 AM  
damn nanny states.
2004-11-20 12:19:07 AM  
well fatty submitter are you going to list some of the benefits to trans fat?

btw: for the comparison to tobacco, when i eat my snack foods, no one is hiding tobacco/nicotine in my oreos. comprede?

if you are actually opposed to this, don't worry fatty, you can just double deep fry everything to make up for it, ok?
2004-11-20 12:19:15 AM  
I've never really been a patriotic canadian but can anyone deny that that canada has done a lot of things right lately?
2004-11-20 12:20:01 AM  
Partially-hydrogenated oils will kill you just as effectively as cigarettes. Up through the seventies, food companies used actual oils as fat sources. They discovered, however, that partially-hydrogenated oils give a buttery texture at a fraction of the cost.

The problem is that your body can't break these fats down effectively. These fats are starting to receive some blame for the obesity problems that have come about. I predict lawasuits against food companies within 10 years based on the lies presented to consumers about these products.
2004-11-20 12:21:35 AM  
What about legalizing marijuana? Why haven't we yet. I mean... Bush IS president and all... Hell must've frozen over...
2004-11-20 12:22:49 AM  
dont remind us
2004-11-20 12:23:33 AM  
What about alcohol? That's not "natural" either, and in large amounts is plenty toxic. All sorts of well-documented health problems are caused by it; should that be banned, too?

Just askin'...
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