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Anonymous asked in HealthAlternative Medicine · 1 decade ago

How come the FDA hasn't banned hydrogenated oil?

Trans fats lower your good cholesterol and raise your bad cholesterol. It's man-made ingredients like this that support cholesterol lowering drugs and foods with a long shelf life for $$.

So when someone says it's 'FDA approved', a food/drug is safe, why should I believe it?

Update:

ckngbbbls:

*Cigarettes and alcohol, is like you said, an Adult choice.

*Coffee, red meat, salt, still 'natural' and good within moderation.

*Baked goods (w/hydrogenated oil) are daily fed in our homes from toddlers to seniors, and what bothers me the most is the FDA doesn't care.

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  • Tony I
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago
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    That is easy - the FDA, like other alphabet government agencies, does not really serve the people but rather the monied interests of the big drug companies and big food companies. That's why you see the FDA defending Aspartame while persecuting Stevia for years (but wait - Cargill/Coca Cola came out with a version and now it's suddenly OK!), just as they have defended Vioxx, Avandia, Fosamax, Aleve, Bextra, Gardasil, untested Swine Flu vaccines, and in the past cigarettes, opium, cocaine, morphine, heroin, etc. That is why today they push for irradiating organic crops and other produce, banning raw milk, supported prohibiting consumer milk be labeled as free of growth hormones, and have even supported allowing products to be labeled as organic which contain GMO foods.

    "The FDA 'protects' the big drug companies and are subsequently rewarded, and using the government's police powers they attack those who threaten the big drug companies. People think that the FDA is protecting them.

    It isn't.

    What the FDA is doing and what the public thinks it is doing are as different as night and day."

    Dr. Herbert Ley

    Former U.S. FDA Commissioner

  • vrrJT3
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    Because the FDA is run by the government.

    The FDA hasn't banned trans fats for the same reason they haven't banned aspartame, MSG, sodium nitrate/nitrite, RBST, etc.

    I don't trust the FDA on anything. It's corrupt and ignorant. They redefined the meaning of the words "safe" and "effective". Apparently safe means an acceptable number of people died in clinical trials. Effective means the problem didn't get worse (while discounting the additional problems due to side-effects).

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    For the same reason that the FDA says it is ok to have 5 times the safe dosage of Flouride on your toothbrush, yet has a poison control warning on the tube, also the same reason that the FDA doesn't have a ban on PAH (vaseline, neosporin and other cancer causing toxins from being put on our skin)

    The FDA makes money off of other things and they don't want to lose money to the corporate crap that is overingested in this world.

    F-ing Dumb A$$e$ is FDA!

  • 1 decade ago

    The FDA originally recommended hydrogenated fats in the 1960's as a way of reducing cholesterol and preventing heart disease.

    Do you expect them to admit their mistake?

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    It is safe in the sense that a little bit will not kill you e.g. getting a pizza once a month. But high consumption will lead to problems.

  • 1 decade ago

    they haven't banned alcohol, cigarettes, candy, cake, pie, cookies, white bread, white flour, red meat, salt, white sugar, and coffee either.

    Relax. people need to make up thier own minds about what to eat and how to eat it. As long as people buy that crap, people will continue to sell it.

    Besides, you want government to tell you how to do everything? May as well be a robot.

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