From either the conservatives-already-knew-this or Rush-told-you-so files; Arnold, the muscle-clad governor of California, confirmed once again that he is indeed, not a conservative. Nanny State Alert!
Since California has now become the first state in the Union to ban trans fats, I’m wondering what is next. Since I have a friend that occasionally gets sick to her stomach when she smells beef on a barbecue, I’m thinking that we need to outlaw outdoor grilling. We’ve already made smokers second-class citizens so why not the 42 year-old BBQin’ dads too?
Look, you can eat trans fats, have a cigar, or have a Pepsi Jolt. Conservative do not care. We – unlike liberals – believe in personal freedom. You have to ask the question “what’s next?” when government starts to tell you what you can eat.
Schwarzenegger Terminates Trans Fat in Calif.
California Becomes the First State to Ban Trans Fats
By MOLLY HUNTER
July 25, 2008 —
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has made it official: California will be the first trans-fat free state in the nation.
All-natural palm, rice and soybean oils will soon be king, and life in the Golden State will be forever altered.
The California legislature pushed the bill through last week, and Schwarzenegger signed it into law Friday, July 25.
The ban will require food providers to begin phasing out trans fat oils by July 1, 2009. Thereafter, noncompliance with the ban will result in fines of up to $1,000.
Trans unsaturated fatty acids are the partially hydrogenated oils that result from a chemical process producing solid fats with a longer shelf life.
These so-called “trans fats” were once thought to be healthier than butter, but research in the last decade has shown that they are much more harmful to health than had been believed. According to the American Heart Association, trans unsaturated fatty acids are medically proven to increase the risk of coronary heart disease by raising bad cholesterol (LDL) levels and reducing good cholesterol levels (HDL).
With more than half a million Americans dying each year from heart disease, the switch may be coming not a moment too soon.
Are you kidding me? The article goes on to indicate where government might be heading next.
“Perhaps the biggest issue,” said Keith-Thomas Ayoob, associate professor in the Pediatrics Department at Pediatrics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, “is how much of the foods do we even need to be eating? Is this going to change obesity? No, because you’re swapping out one fat for another, the calories are the same. Would it be more beneficial for our hearts? Maybe.”
Well there ya go. Since we’re not really solving the problem by getting rid of the trans fats, let’s really get things done and have wait staff monitor the amount of calories you intake during a meal. They can monitor what you order for appetizer, entrée and dessert.
You might get to the entrée and find you are not allowed to order the fetachini alfreado since you’d go over your calorie intake limit for the meal.
I like to have my cake and eat it too – thank you very much.
Overlawyered has the headline of the morning: California Trans Fats: Terminator Nanny.