Chris Lowell: Why regulate trans fat?

November 18, 2013 

It appears the government (and The N&O, “Trans-fer out,” Nov. 9 editorial) thinks that society isn’t mature enough to make our own decisions when provided with information. Did trans fats really need to be regulated? Why can’t responsible adults decide whether to consume them?

Every day we vote with our wallets. If a product with trans fats doesn’t sell well, the company producing it changes the formulation or goes out of business. If we decide, in light of the data outlining the risks, to still buy and consume these products, it is our prerogative. Let us decide for ourselves if, “Giving up trans fat ... is a pretty worthwhile trade off.” What important facet of life will will Big Brother intrude upon next?

Chris Lowell


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