Skip to comments.Time to reboot thinking on trans fats –- natural trans fats from dairy and beef are good
Posted on 09/07/2011 8:10:09 AM PDT by decimon
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Sept. 7, 2011: Not all trans fats are created equal and it's time for a change in nutrition labels in North America to reflect this, particularly when it comes to dairy and beef products.
According to a scientific review published in the latest edition of Advances in Nutrition, natural trans fats produced by ruminant animals such as dairy and beef cattle are not detrimental to health and in fact show significant positive health effects. Some evidence even links these natural trans fats to reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer.
"The body of evidence clearly points to a change needed in how nutrition labels are handled," says Dr. Spencer Proctor, one of the review authors and Director of the Metabolic and Cardiovascular Diseases Laboratory at the University of Alberta in Canada. "Right now, in Canada and U.S. a substantial portion of natural trans fats content is included in the nutrition label trans fats calculation, which is misleading for the consumer. We need a reset in our approach to reflect what the new science is telling us."
Consumers are bombarded on a regular basis about what they should and shouldn't eat. Quite often fat is the primary target of what to avoid and trans fats in particular have a negative reputation. However, the scientific review in Advances in Nutrition reveals that consuming natural trans fats produced by ruminant animals has different health effects than consuming industrial trans fats, such as partially hydrogenated vegetable oils used in the preparation of some foods such as some baked goods.
As the scientific evidence mounts, there is slowly rising public awareness of this difference. A change in how trans fat information is presented on nutrition labels would be a huge step forward, says Proctor. In some European countries, for example, natural trans fat is not included in the nutrition label calculation. Another approach may be to have separate listings for industrial trans fats and natural trans fats.
By definition, ruminant trans fat is naturally-occurring, found in meat and dairy foods. Industrial produced trans fat is a component of partially hydrogenated vegetable oils, which have been highly associated with cholesterol and coronary heart disease.
According to the review, the naturally occurring trans fat has a different fatty acid profile than industrial trans fat, which contributes to its different physiological effects. Also, the amount of natural trans fat consumed has been relatively stable and much lower than the amounts consumed from partially hydrogenated oils that have been associated with adverse effects.
Researchers evaluated an evidence base from numerous epidemiological and clinical studies in the Advances in Nutrition review. Based on the promising findings to date, plans for new studies are gaining momentum to further investigate the health implications of natural ruminant-derived trans fats.
For example, one leading scientific program is headed by Proctor, who recently was approved for a $1 million research grant from the Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency (ALMA) to further this line of study over the next several years. This represents a continuation of strong support for research programs by the livestock industry in Alberta.
"With industry, science, regulators and other important groups in this area working together, we can continue to make strides to help the public better understand the health implications of natural ruminant trans fats," says Proctor.
The scientific review on natural trans fats in Advances in Nutrition is available at http://advances.nutrition.org/content/2/4/332.full.pdf+html.
The sun is good, too. Who knew?? EVERYONE!!
I DON’T WANT TO LIVE TO BE 100!!!!
Federal bureaucracies are run on the basis of affirmative action.
Skin color is the primary qualification for a job in a federal bureaucracy.
The people in charge at the FDA, Patent Office, Justice Department, etc., were not chosen for their thinking abilities.
Quite the contrary.
Yes, it is obviously a great thinker to take this topic immediately to race.
The big food companies with their manipulative ads, additives and genetic modifications have done us no favors. We need to get back to basics and grow our own food, raise our own chickens, and raise our livestock.
If any of you think the USA has changed for the better over the last 50 years, I suggest you look at photos of small town street scenes from the 50s and 60s and compare them to today.
The condition and upkeep of the buildings was much better. The people on the street were well dressed, trim and looked successful and the towns looked vibrant. Compare almost any average town of that period with 2011.
Today the people are overweight, covered in tattoos, the buildings are not cared for and the jobs are all in China. Towns used to have factories that employed people in real jobs. The problem is a US Congress that works for lobbyists and their reelections and not Americans. Divisive politics is the symptom not the solution.
The Feds do it all the time. That's all they think about.
As part of a club I belong to we have guests that come to lecture/pass information. This month we have some one coming in to discuss nutrition. I am waiting for the “low fat” line.
I have been using rendered duck fat (almost non-exsistent in American cooking), butter, olive oil, lard and have kept to full fat dairy. Used properly they help digest fat soluble vitamins and are appetite killers.
It sounds hippy/dippy but I have seriously considered joining a CSA to get food. The fall/winter Kale is almost ready to plant and I am sowing the spinach seeds as soon as I get new rabbit fencing.
I DONT WANT TO LIVE TO BE 100!!!!
Don’t worry because if your not paying taxes the gov will make sure you won’t reach 100,see Obamacare.
OutSTANDING book on carbohydrates, saturated fat, cholesterol, obesity, et al!
It ain't the carbs or the fat...it's the insulin.
Milk is great for you...if you are a baby cow.
I wonder how many lives have been
damaged by the dangerous "non-fat" jihad.
It's when they pass spurious laws to force on us their beliefs that they do the real damage. If people like Bloomberg limited themselves to playing preachers of nutrition then we would retain our right to choose for ourselves.
*****The people on the street were well dressed, trim and looked successful*****
I am a 41 YO homemaker. My youngest just turned 18. I am, just now, learning how to dress, style hair and move.
Back in the day, it was part of a young woman’s upbringing to learn these things. Wearing makeup and styling hair is a skill, like any other. Girls now days are left to their own devices and there are thousands of terrible examples for them to chose from.
When they turn to the ‘professionals’ and try to ape what they see in magazines, they’re left overwhelmed with unrealistic expectations. The photos are all Photoshopped and they may as well be drawings.
Over the last month, I’ve been learning how to cross my legs, walk in heels (it’s a heck of a lot more complicated than people realize), and sit and stand properly. I’m learning how to pose properly (naturally) for a photo. I’ve actually had to take tai chi to learn how to walk and balance. I spend an hour a day ‘heel training’ and have to do stretching exercises for my arches twice a day. Even leg crossing has become an issue and I’ve had to do special stretching exercises to gain enough flexibility in my hips to pull it off right. (I’m up to 20 minutes at a time, with right over left. I can only manage 5 minutes with left over right.)
Learning how to dress in a way that’s appropriate for my age and body type has been *very* hard. I have an appointment to learn how to do makeup and skin care.
Women who do these things well make it look easy and natural. A girl who doesn’t get it, will feel like she just can’t do it and give up. ‘It’s just not me. I’m not pretty enough. I don’t have natural beauty and grace.’
Well, honey, nobody is born with it.
When she does put forth effort, she feels let down because she’s never going to be that pretty. Girls need to learn how to be *their* personal best and how to work with what G-d gave them.
I firmly believe that there should be a class for young people in high school to teach them these basic things. I wish we’d bring back ‘finishing schools’ for girls. Heck, I’d have paid for it. I’d pay for it now.
The sad thing is that, as I didn’t know these things, I couldn’t teach my daughter. Now the two of us are breaking through this together. At least she’s learning at 20 instead of 40.
So don’t judge young people who move and look wrong too harshly. If a person isn’t taught, they can’t know.
Thanks for the comment. I didn’t mean to get off on a tangent with this but the point I was trying to make was there is very visible evidence of the societal change that has transpired over several generations in the USA. Part of it food based.
I didn’t mean to blame it on young people but the change is a direct result of external events and influences, with the most important being the mass exodus of good paying manufacturing jobs that were replaced with crappy service jobs, and much of money and economy went to wealthier CEOs and Wall St bankers and politics. We had a Congress that didn’t work for the USA.
The most visible difference is that US towns are poorer and have an abundance of obesity that didn’t exist even 20 years ago. Fat was almost non-existent in the 50s and 60s. So was diabetes. Something has changed to make society fat and I blame it on cheap factory processed food that represents an experiment in progress on the human race.
I agree what you said about young people needing some basic training on manners and behavior, and too many get none of it from parents, who themselves didn’t get it. A part of success is based on manners, actions and appearance.
The media has been a bad influence on youth.