Monday, 11 July 2011

Trans Fats

The ever-wonderful Radio 4 delivers the goods once again.  This weeks episode of The Food Program investigates hydrogenated fats:
  • Sheila Dillon investigates the issue of trans-fats in our food, and asks whether a voluntary agreement by the food industry to eliminate them by the end of the year is enough to prevent the kind of health problems associated with a diet heavy in industrial cooking fats.

The program makes no bones about the problems of allowing the food industry to 'self regulate'.  It is available to listen again here.

Business at the most capitalist end of the spectrum, pushes the profit margin by exploiting regulation and costs at their leanest.  Profit is internalised and the cost is externalised.  Despite what ANY advertisting says, know this.

The program's website offers up an interesting link to The Food and Behaviour Research organisation:
  • Nutrition can play an important role in the prevention and management of many kinds of difficulties in behaviour, learning and mood. These include:

    •Everyday difficulties in behaviour, learning or mood that can affect children and adults - at home, at school or in the workplace.
    •Developmental conditions - such as ADHD, dyslexia, dyspraxia, and autistic spectrum disorders. •Mental health conditions - such as anxiety, depression, bipolar (manic-depressive) disorder and schizophrenia.

    Diet is important not only for physical health, but also for optimal mental development and functioning. Scientific evidence shows this, but clear and reliable information on this kind of research is not easily available to many people who are interested in its practical applications.

    As well as our own published papers and factsheets, we regularly trawl through the scientific press to bring you the latest information on the subject of nutrition and behavioural disorders. In some cases, these resources will link to information held on other websites, and in others, they will offer information to download in pdf format. If the resource is a book, we will give you a link directly to Amazon for you to purchase it directly.

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