If unshakable stupidly were a crime the dimwits who run the American Heart Association would be doing hard time in a dismal penitentiary somewhere.
An article in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal titled Lobbyists Work To Stop, or Stall, a Trans-Fat Ban (requires subscription) discusses the furious lobbying taking place–both pro and con–over the proposed ban on trans fat use in restaurants that is coming up for a vote nest Tuesday by the city’s board of health. No one knows how the vote will go, but the speculation is that the board will approve the measure.
If New York City restricts the use of trans fats in restaurant fare most people think that other cites across the country will follow suit. As you might imagine, most restaurant chains are lobbying mightily to prevent approval of these restrictions. Strangely, they have a unlikely ally:
The health department measure garnered 2,000 pages of response from restaurants, health officials and New York residents. Most of the people who spoke at a public comment session last month were in favor of the regulations. There were some surprises. The American Heart Association criticized the proposal, writing that it favored a more comprehensive strategy with a longer phase-in period for trans-fat removal in part because the association fears restaurants will switch to oils with high levels of saturated fat, which is also unhealthy [my italics].
Do these people have a clue that there is no real evidence that saturated fat is “unhealthy?” And that many researchers–Mary Enig, for one–believe that saturated fat is good for us. There is no lack of mischief that can be done when thimble heads run the show.