This is off the subject of kayaking, but I'm posting an interesting link about transfat and partially hydrogenated oils. I'm sure many of you know that transfat is bad for your heart, but did you know that the FDA allows products to be sold with labels saying "0 grams transfat" even though it contains "partially hydrogenated Xoil" in the ingredient list. This is an outrage that our government will allow blatent deception of the American people by food producers. It really comes down to the bottom line of "the man". Partially hydrogenated oils and all transfats are not processed by the human body. Therefore they stay in the body and become obstructions blocking our arteries. They are used because they allow products to become more stable (somewhat like plastic). This allows for a long shelf life for products like granola bars. cereals, and other dry shelf items and fried foods. Food producers could use more expensive oils to produce products that don't have as long of a shelf life, but that would cut into their profits. I guess it doesn't matter that obesity and heart disease are rampant in this county and only getting worse. We can pay for expensive food now and avoid health problems and costs later, or vice versa. I wrote this thread in hopes that I could shed some light on this subject for the boating community. I'm not a health expert, just a concerned citizen. I know the boating community is a progressive group and hope that you check the labels of your food next time you're at the grocery store.
not a published article but interesting literature