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An Attempt to Ban Trans Fats in Chicago

This segment from PBS’s evening “News Hour” is really worth watching (scroll to Wednesday, August 16, fourth item down). It’s about the current trans fats debate in Chicago initiated by Alderman Edward Burke, who thinks the artery-clogging ingredient in many fried foods and packaged crackers, chips, and baked goods should be “outlawed.” Keep watching until you see the best part: Mayor Richard M. Daley, who is opposed to this notion, saying: “If we start going in that direction, we’ll all start eating carrots and…and tofu!”

Oh my, Dick. A Google search has just revealed to me that your own father, Richard J. Daley, died of heart failure at 74. Maybe it’s time to stop joking about healthy eating.

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Cecile Pierce-Nightingale

posted August 19, 2006 at 4:27 am

Outlawing trans-fats — Once the smokers were beaten down, of course this campaign would be next. It wasn’t enough to segregate smokers, which is a good thing – the mainstream press and others continue to use flawed and invalid studies to convince everyone that if they inhale any second-hand smoke they are doomed!! Why would anyone be surprised that once one form of legal behavior is demonized that this campaign would begin???>

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posted August 19, 2006 at 12:03 pm

If they do something that stupid I will invest heavily in a chain of grocery stores in the inner ring suburbs of Chicago that will stock everything that ordinance would ban. We’ll build them right across the street from the city limits and market like hell and make a fortune!>

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posted August 19, 2006 at 3:59 pm

You can’t legislate morality, and you can’t legislate common sense, self-respect and healthy eating either.>

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posted August 20, 2006 at 1:52 am

Not sure how I feel about outlawing transfats. I eat only organic foods and take a swig of omega 3 fatty acids daily. If I use any oil, it’s usually cold pressed olive oil. But that’s me. Try talking someone into eating healthy foods..hah! Oh unless they get a big hit on the head(wake up call) like cancer or heart disease, etc. Even then it’s hard to CONVINCE. It’s not like working on more compassion, patience and listening to people. This is more pressing; the food stuff, well they just love their cheese doodles and potato chips, even people who shop at Whole Foods. Just a question of unhealthy habits. And you know how difficult habits are to kick!>

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posted August 20, 2006 at 4:44 am

I’m happy to have freedom of choice and the responsibility that goes with it. I would hate to have my government legislating what I can and cannot put into (or take out of) my own body. The notion is beyond Orwellian. I agree wholeheartedly with Kathy: you can’t legislate morality, and you can’t legislate common sense, self-respect or healthy eating either. There are better ways to promote healthy eating.>

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