Trans Fat, and other nasty things…

Posted by admin | Just Food Articles - writers invited | Sunday 4 March 2007 6:53 am

You don’t like the (alleged) pesticide in your Cola, drink something else, don’t waste the time of the courts!
Don’t like adult content on TV, switch it off, sell it, whatever. Don’t like what a book, art, person says about your religion?- don’t buy it. Write one that says the opposite.

Trans-fat is everywhere again. Amazing how we affectionately attach ourselves to pet peeves, that, like like fashion seasons, come and go. I remember reading the word at least 10-12 years back (and I wasn’t even as ‘foodie’ as I am now) but suddenly it’s as if it suddenly landed from Mars and went straight into the Dictionaries across the globe!

New York is banning it out of all eateries and kitchens. Soon everyone will be pressured to follow suit. Great, one way you look at it. On the other hand, how far does this go? Good or bad, surely adults of the most intelligent species on earth can make their own decisions about what to eat? If you hate trans-fats so much then don’t eat food that has it! If you believe trans-fats are bad — write a book — don’t use the government as a tool to limit the freedom of others.
Something the Supreme Court here in India has just said to the guys who’ve filed Public Interest Litigation against the Cola Kings. You don’t like the (alleged) pesticide in your Cola, drink something else, don’t waste the time of the courts!
Don’t like adult content on TV, switch it off, sell it, whatever. Don’t like what a book, art, person says about your religion?- don’t buy it. Write one that says the opposite.

Now I digress, slowly vanishing freedoms in a world that prides itself on FREEDOM being the ultimate utopia for all nations, gets my goat.
Back to TransFat…

There’s an interesting interview with a lady, Mary-Ann Shearer, that I think is really worth reading, if you missed it…

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More junk?

Posted by admin | Diets & Dieting,Health Facts,Just Food Articles - writers invited | Thursday 13 April 2006 5:30 am

Came across this rather shocking article based on something from the New England Journal of Medicine, April 2006, about the likelihood that some foodstuffs in the US and maybe other parts of the world that weren’t tested or mentioned, have way more ‘trans’-fats in them than in other parts of the world. Thought it was relevant in view of my earlier comments on junk food. I know people love to knock the market giants, but that isn’t what this is about.

More Trans-fat info…
Eat Fat, Lose Fat : The Healthy Alternative to Trans Fats

The Trans Fat Free Kitchen : Simple Recipes, Shopping Guide and Restaurant Tips

The Trans Fat Free Kitchen : Simple Recipes, Shopping Guide and Restaurant Tips

The Trans Fat Solution: Cooking and Shopping to Eliminate the Deadliest Fat from Your Diet

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Junk food – enemy #1

Posted by admin | Just Food Articles - writers invited,Recipes,Vegetarian | Sunday 14 May 2006 5:06 am

Goodbye, war on smoking. Hello, war on fat. Or “Is there such a thing as Healthy french fries?”

Just came across an interesting read, updates on the war on junk food, aptly named “Goodbye, war on smoking. Hello, war on fat.” highlighting how we love to do things in extremes. Once more it mentions that enemy number one – trans-fats from the earlier article I posted. Once more it makes relevant the question, “Healthy Snacks, is that an oxymoron?” or the very crucial, Is there such a thing as Healthy french fries? I googled that one and here’s what came up, give or take a few experimental changes of my own. Is it as good as the real thing? It was pretty close. If the best thing you like about your fries is that they’re oooooozing grease, give it a miss, but otherwise, works for me. And believe me, I love french fries.

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HEALTHY FRENCH FRIES Serves 4
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INGREDIENTS
4 potatoes
3+ tbsp Salt
3/4 tsp Pepper
1 tsp garlic powder
1 1/2 tbsp flour

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