Talk:Trans fat

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Mission stuff[edit]

Is there maybe any woo involved with trans fat? Otherwise I don't see much relevance. Sam Tally-ho! 01:30, 29 November 2011 (UTC)

Not so much woo, but the misrepresentation of science, and a bit of a "science is killing our food" scare. The chemistry it more or less right, but could do with a clean-up. I'll try to get onto it during the week if no-one else gets in first. Random bloke (talk) 03:32, 29 November 2011 (UTC)

Also, if you watch TV, shows like American Dad and King of the Hill have portrayed transfat as making things taste better- untrue. Transfat is only used because of its longer lifespan. You can keep it in a deep frier for a lot longer than regular oil, and it's good for making pastry decorations. So banning transfat will only make it so McDonald's has to pay a little more for fresh oil, but it will hurt chefs trying to make fancy cakes and whatnot. IMHO, better not to ban it but to tax it, or put up laws regulating the reuse of oil.--User:Brxbrx/sig 19:25, 13 December 2011 (UTC)
I'd like to include this little spiel of mine into the article (minus the bit with the cartoons). But I aint got references.--"Shut up, Brx." 22:25, 28 March 2013 (UTC)

ref for ruminant transfats[edit]

There are two references I dug up for ruminant trans fats being beneficial. One is from a health food hippy sort of site[1], and the other seems like it might be reliable but is too full of techno-babble for me to understand[2]. Maybe someone better versed on such matters can look into this (Sophie, Armondikov)?--"Shut up, Brx." 22:13, 28 March 2013 (UTC)

The food hippie site provides a link to the actual article in Advances in Nutrition that it got its conclusions from, and that article seems legit. I've gone ahead and put references to both the Advances in Nutrition article, and the Journal of Nutrition article from your other link, in the "Naturally occurring trans fats" subsection. --Tracer (talk) 20:31, 13 January 2014 (UTC)

Stop italicizing trans[edit]

There's no need for it. I've noticed it on other articles too. It looks silly.--"Shut up, Brx." 22:14, 28 March 2013 (UTC)

It may look silly to you, but trans appears in italics not only in organic chemistry textbooks, but on actual U.S. food labels as required by the FDA. (Admittedly, this convention is not followed on all Nutrition Facts labels. Some list Trans fat without putting the Trans in italics, and thus far the FDA doesn't seem to be in any hurry to enforce italicization.) --Tracer (talk) 22:57, 28 March 2013 (UTC)
It's just that most of the media doesn't do it like that. Look at Wikipedia, for example. I say we keep it unitalicized.--"Shut up, Brx." 20:40, 30 March 2013 (UTC)