Get the Government Out of My Life! (or, 6 Reasons Why the FDA Shouldn’t Ban Trans-Fat)


There’s a craze for banning. Every day there’s a new “proposed” ban on some “harmful food” that Americans are suffering from.

“Oh no! Save us from this life sucking food!”

What they should really say is…

“Oh no! I can’t worry about taking care of my health on my own so I want the government to come in and take of me!”

That’s what these pro-trans-fat-banners want. They want the government to come in and save them. It’s the government’s job to protect us they say. Actually, it’s not.

The government has as much right to tell you what to eat as I do to tell that guy at McDonalds which size drink he can buy.

The FDA’s proposed ban of trans-fat is no different.

Here are six reasons why the FDA shouldn’t ban trans-fat.

1. It’s a Waste of a Good Ban

You can’t tell me that the FDA couldn’t think of something better to ban? Seriously! Compared to everything else that they could ban, trans-fat is rather lame. You’ve got the food that gives you cancer. You’ve got the food that gives you diabetes. Heck, you’ve even got food that gives you prostate problems (that’s not fun man).

Why ban trans-fat? Why don’t they ban smoking? Trans-fat is a stubbed toe compared to smoking.

The point is, there’s so much worthwhile things to ban. Trans-fat should be last on the list.

2. The Constitution Doesn’t Give Them the Power

Where exactly does it say that the US government has the right to prohibit the use of, or ingestion of any ingredient or food?

More importantly, which section of the Constitution justifies establishing an agency that has the power to ban Market goods?

I can’t seem to find that section. Can you?

3. The Ban Will Violate Companies’ Rights

Contrary to popular socialist rhetoric, you don’t have a right to pillage and enslave companies. There are legitimate ways of influencing business. Using the state as a hit man is not one of them.

This might tick you off, but companies have a right to use trans-fat. It’s not poison, and it won’t kill you if you decide to use some common sense by eating it moderately.

You become the oppressor once you use the state to enforce your lifestyle on the Market. (Click to Tweet)

The whole idea of a state agency telling businesses which ingredients they can use is ridiculous. I’d go so far to say it’s immoral.

Want to change business policy? Shop somewhere else. Personally contact them. Support those who meet your standards.

Don’t hire a lobbyist!

4. It’ll Violate Your Rights

Let’s face it, no one has a right to tell you what you can, or can’t eat. Unless you’re a child, you can eat whatever you want, whenever you want. Freedom is great that way.

If you want to eat at McDonalds all the time then you can. No one can stop you, and no one should try.

Trans-fat is no different. Guess what people, it’s in a ton of food products. Banning it is obviously going to affect the food industry, which means it’s going to affect you.

If you want to eat those French fries (that happen to have trans-fat in them) then you can. The FDA has no right to say otherwise.

5. What’s Their Reasoning Behind Banning It?

You can’t say that one day they just woke up and thought, “Why don’t we ban trans-fat?” It doesn’t make sense. Government agencies don’t think like that. There’s always a motive behind their seemingly compassionate move.

Well, I couldn’t take it anymore, so I Googled it. And guess what I found

Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said that the ban of trans fats could prevent 20,000 heart attacks and 7,000 deaths each year. But a review of the events in the days prior to this announcement suggest that this “big news” is simply a political, food and chemical industry-backed maneuver to refocus our attention away from the bigger threats to our health: the increased use of pesticides on our food and genetically engineered foods. [emphasis added]

Yep, that’s right, the FDA isn’t proposing a ban on trans-fat because they care about your health. They’re doing it to divert you away from the real problem. GMOs. (Click to Tweet)

A while back, Washington State tried to pass a bill that would require companies to label all GMOs in their products. But as you can guess, it got shot down by Monsanto and their friends.

But now, there’s been a growth in attention toward the GMO use in foods. Monsanto can’t have that.

It’s no secret that government organizations like the EPA are extremely susceptible to outside influence. It’s a natural result of an over reaching government. So the possibility of the EPA being influenced isn’t far from reach.

But what’s certain is that the FDA’s reasons for this ban are not innocent.

6. It’ll Lead to More Food Bans

Once the government prohibits one “substance” it becomes a gateway for them to prohibit others. (Click to Tweet)

An argument could be made for banning trans-fat, but ask yourself this, where does it stop?

Are you going to keep knocking food off the shelf if it doesn’t live up to your subjective standards? When’s sugar going to get hit by this ban? Sugar’s bad for you. All those Hershey bars and Kit-Kats are making children obese (and don’t get me started on those cakes).

You know what, the FDA needs to ban Halloween. Halloween is the time when unhealthy candy floods the market. It’s a breeding ground for obesity!

And while you’re at it, you should take a swing at that evil fast food chain. That’s right buddy, McDonalds is going down! Their food is making our children fat too! Heck, take out every fast food chain. Only then will our world be healthier, our children skinnier, and our bodies cleansed from the wickedness that is the evil corporate food industry…

Man, I love sarcasm. But what do you think about all this? Should trans-fat get banned? Is the FDA in the right? Tell me what you think in the comments below!
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