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The Food and Drug Administration is trying to remove trans fat from our nation’s diet, even though there’s no evidence that trans fats are harmful at Americans’ current low intake levels.

Moreover, it is clear the FDA is trying to expand its reach in unprecedented ways, Heritage Foundation expert Daren Bakst explains:

The FDA would be taking the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic (FD&C) Act of 1938 into novel areas that are unrelated to the food safety issues that the law is designed to regulate. It would do so by regulating nutrition and diet through limiting food choices. Thus, the agency is trying to conflate nutritional and dietary well-being with “safety.” This action is extreme and unwarranted.

Unhealthy is not the same as unsafe,” Bakst explains. “When it comes to diet, chronic diseases may be caused by numerous factors that could have nothing to do with a specific food ingredient.”

Do you think the government should have the power to tell us what we may and may not eat?

Comments (18)

Michael Estes - July 25, 2014

In no way should the FDA have the power to tell the American consumer what they may or may not eat. This is typical of the overreach of the Obama Administration into people’s lives. The FDA should be concerned with the safety of our foods — NOT nutritional values and food choices!!

Russell - July 25, 2014

The Gov is getting out of control. They have no business telling people what to eat. If they do then it should be our right to tell President Obama he can’t smoke….See how far that get you !!

Doris Cyr Sanders - July 25, 2014

Absolutely not! It’s none of their business what I eat.

Denny - July 25, 2014

It is well within the scope of government to suggest and recommend choices based on established scientific evidence, however much of the current leaning is based on opinion and speculation. With a nation of people getting more obese (just look around you at all the belly fat) we would do well to investigate the changes in food supply and quality over the last several generations. I think it was as early as the 1930s that soil analysis nationwide demonstrated the demineralization of the vast majority of farm ground requiring greater quantities of food to meet the body’s nutritional requirements. That alone could account for a substantial amount of the marked increase of obesity. To answer the question: Absolutely not.

Mary A Cole - July 26, 2014

The FDA wants to do for nutrition what Obamacare is doing or healthcare. God help us!

Mayde Curtis - July 26, 2014

It is NOT the governments business to control my eating habits period!!! They have been into mine and millions of others business and NOT taking care of passing bills in the Senate, etc!!! They are ruining America by nosing into every part of our lives and tearing down the Constitution, the very foundation of our great country, America!!!

Michael Fowler - July 26, 2014

It appears that many of the things the FDA told us in the past were unsafe are now considered OK. I think they should stick to regulating those things that are truly unsafe (such as carcinogens) and stop trying to regulate everything we eat or drink. Eating and drinking is about doing things in moderation. If we really want to have a healthier society why don’t we put physical education back in school every day which is what it was when I was in school – don’t recall seeing near as many obese kids back then!!!

Tim - July 26, 2014

Absolutely NOT!

Katherine M Miller - July 26, 2014

I am a holistic health coach. I think it is irresponsible for food companies to use transfats when there is no “safe” level. It is not a food that creates health in the body. Transfats are not like a car accident that can kill you instantly and be easily identified as the cause of death. These types of ingredients kill us slowly over time by creating the conditions for chronic disease. I would prefer that corporate food companies would do the right thing and discontinue using these non-health promoting substances when it is obvious it is not in the public interest and is contributing to the rising cost of health care. But since there is more interest in preserving profits and the status quo, I do think we need the government to regulate this. A for profit business should not be able to make money marketing and selling food that is said to healthy and harmless, that eventually makes people sick and costs everyone more money in the end. I believe in personal responsibility. Apparently the courts believe that corporations are people too. So when does personal responsibility kick in for these corporations that are falsely marketing foods that cause harm? Does it really matter whether it kills you now or ten years from now? Is it really impinging on my freedom as a consumer to have the government force companies to make a better quality food that is also more ethically marketed? or is it the freedom of the corporate “person” to make a profit at the expense of their customers health that is being impinged on?

Michael Crabb - July 26, 2014

I am opposed to government telling me what I can eat!
Eliminate the FDA.
Eliminate the EPA.
Eliinate agencies with unelected bureaucrats at the helm.

Mac Hayes - July 26, 2014

Absolutely NOT! – to the FDA having the power to tell us what we may not eat. Their only power should be to inform of unsafe products, not to prohibit them. And that should be restricted to what has been PROVEN to be unsafe – not what they simply DEEM unsafe. The precedent has been set, by all the prescription drugs that the FDA has approved based only on the lack of harmful effects that have been observed to date, not on the actual beneficial effects of the drugs.

Don Moore - July 26, 2014

As a stroke survivor I realized, after the fact, that Western Medicine is on the wrong track when it comes to proper health & nutritian! Only after deciding to take responsibility for my own health and and openly questioning physician’s recommendations, (I changed doctors 4 times) did I begin to get better. I now take no prescription drugs, weigh what I did in high school (I am now 71), and I wish I had never put so much total trust in doctors. As for transfats, my belief is that they should be avoided by anyone wanting to live a long & healthy life. Documentation of this fact is well founded, though banning it is the wrong approach, it should be treated like cigarette smoking with serious and visible health warnings on food labels.

Thanks, Don

Lynn Hackerson - July 27, 2014

Government has a record of failure unequaled by any business in the United States. No I do not want the Government telling me what I can and cannot eat.

Christine Dwyer - July 27, 2014

The FDA claims to not have the manpower to check the chicken farms, slaughter houses, imported food, etc. but wants to expand their powers into what they think you should be allowed to eat. Mission Creep comes to mind. I believe that eventually they will try to force us into ration cards similar to WWII, but this time it will be for our own good as in how much sugar you are allowed to purchase per month.

Jody - July 27, 2014

Absolutely Not!

Kathy Short - July 27, 2014

I will decide what I will eat.

JC - July 28, 2014

No one has the right to tell me or us what we can eat, where we can live or what we can do in our homes! We are free people! How dare the politicians force their views and will on us. I will not listen and I will not follow!

Emily Cooper - July 28, 2014

Big Fat NO! Stay out of my kitchen!

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