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We can live (literally) with trans fat ban
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Updated: 11/20/2013 08:00:03AM

We can live (literally) with trans fat ban

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Many of us enjoy our snacks in front of the television, our pastry in the morning or a fast-food fix for lunch.

It’s been no secret for years how bad all that can be for your health. And, one of the most serious threats to our health — and our waistline — comes from the use of trans fats in cooking oil and in preservatives to lengthen the shelf life of our favorite foods.

The recent announcement that the Food and Drug Administration will outlaw the use of trans fats is no shocker. For many people it is good news. Now they won’t have to feel so guilty — or worry about their health as much — when they give in to temptation and down that doughnut or munch on those chicken tenders.

The national ban comes on the heels of several states’ prohibition of trans fats already. Some fast food restaurants were also leading the movement to ban the artificial ingredient.

Likely there will be a few who complain the government should mind its own business. That federal agencies have no right to tell restaurants and national food chains what they can or cannot put in their products.

Common sense, however, seems to have prevailed. We have heard of no backlash against the ruling. Most people shrug off the latest mandate as something favorable for the public.

And that’s a good thing.

While more government control — especially at the national level — is something that would normally raise red flags, the banning of trans fats is a tool in the medical bag that will help us, and especially our children and grandchildren, live longer, happier lives.

Who can be against that?

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