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They can have my Joe Louis when they pry it from my cold, dead fingers

My initial response to the wacky plan to eliminate trans-fats from the Canadian diet was contemptuous head-shaking. Now as it looks like this thing is beginning to take on some momentum, I'm getting a bit more concerned. It just goes to show that the price of freedom is eternal vigilance.

Humans are programmed for fear. We're hard-wired to spend much of our time worrying about potential threats and trying to neutralize them. But in the side-impact-airbag world we live in real threats are very distant, so we've found new things to worry about. One of the most fertile territory for these new fears is in our food supply. I've gone on about the silliness of those who obsess about organic food before, but at least they don't try to enforce their standards on others.

Will the removal of trans-fats make Canadians a much more healthy people? I doubt it. The basis of arguments against them are based on studies that show a correlation between a high intake of them and cardio-vascular disease. People who eat a lot of junk food probably have a lot of other bad habits to compensate for the loss of this one poison. You can't legislate health.


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