Obama’s FDA Bans Margarine, Food that Tastes Good

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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At least Marie Antoinette allowed the peasants to eat cake if they could get their hands on it. Michelle Obama and the FDA have decided to ban the peasants from eating cake.

The days of stick margarine may be numbered. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday proposed banning artificial trans fats in processed food ranging from cookies to frozen pizza, citing the risk of heart disease.

Does the FDA have the authority to ban foods that are unhealthy? Apparently it now decided that its regulatory authority includes the power to ban junk food.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Thursday that he was encouraged by the FDA’s move. “The groundbreaking public health policies we have adopted here in New York City have become a model for the nation.”

The food fascism of our liberal overlords knows no limits. Liberals used to whine about getting the government out of their bedroom. Can we get their government out of our kitchens?

Many foodmakers have already lowered their reliance on trans fats as shoppers sought healthier choices, but the FDA identified some products that continue the trans fat tradition: cookies, frozen pizzas, microwave popcorn, shortenings, and margarines.

Products that still contain trans fats include some varieties of crackers, refrigerated dough, coffee creamers and ready-to-use frosting, among others. Some products will be harder to reformulate than others, FDA officials said.

Hydrogenation is a chemical process that converts liquid vegetable oils into solid or semi-solid fats. Partially hydrogenated oils extend the shelf life of foods, and certain types of popcorn, fish sticks, pies, donuts and pizza depend on trans fats for their taste and texture.

Companies wishing to include trans fats in their products would have to meet the safety standards applied to food additives and prove with reasonable certainty that they do not cause harm.

So get ready for the products you like to suddenly lose their taste or gain strange new tastes as companies scramble to try and make things work.

Oh and look for the cost of all that experimentation to get passed to you… courtesy of Big Sister and the FDA food fanatics.

“The F.D.A. is back,” said Marion Nestle, a professor in the department of nutrition, food studies and public health at New York University.

They tried to kill the FDA in the first movie. They thought it was dead in the second movie when the summer camp it was stalking drowned it in the lake. But now it’s back again and on the rampage.

The agency is already under pressure to ban the use of caffeine in energy drinks.

Forward! If only we ban enough things, we’ll reach liberal utopia.

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  • Veracious_one

    Obama is just competing with the Muslims who ban everything….

    • benabo1machal

      They sure as hell don’t ban sex, they’re able to have four wives & as many female companions as they can pay for
      Mohammed, may his name be cursed, screwed a 6 year old girl & any sheep he could get his hands on, if no human females were available

  • Bitsy McCall

    Trans fat is deadly. It can clog your arteries without you knowing it until the day that it causes a stroke or heart attack.
    If they can make foods taste as good without increased cost, I will be glad to have trans fat removed from foods.
    I pick my battles and this one isn’t one of them.

    • Veracious_one

      mankind had far fewer strokes and heart attacks before the advent of trans fat laced products….and I believe additives in canned goods contribute to the development off ADD in children…..it’s possible mankind is contributing to its own demise…
      Who has the healthiest diets,,,the Chinese? Japanese? Greeks? wild African tribesmen? Australian aborigines? find out who are the healthiest people and learn from them….

      • cloud_buster

        Life expectancies in the U.S. continue to rise. Life expectancies in developed nations are the highest they’ve been in human history. Certainly some small, isolated populations may be outliers — the reasons are almost certainly genetic more than they are dietary — but that in no way is a justification for state-forced dietary laws.

        When did it become the compelling interest of the state to ensure that each one of us lives as long as possible?

        • Bitsy McCall

          Life expectancy rises because of better drugs and advanced medical procedures!! We are plagued by diabetes, heart disease, obesity…you name it!!

          • cloud_buster

            So? How does that justify the use of force to get us to change to fit your idea of how we should live?

          • Bitsy McCall

            OK – Eat your trans fat.. just because…….trans fat for everyone!!! yippie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          • cloud_buster

            Thank goodness. That’s all I want, to be left alone to choose for myself. You promise you’ll really leave it at that?

        • Veracious_one

          better medical care is the reason for longer lifespans not better food…bad food makes more patients for the doctors to take care of…

          • cloud_buster

            Malnutrition was a constant problem before the 20th century. We are not only the beneficiaries of better medical care, we are better-nourished than ever in human history.

            But, the question you don’t answer is “When did it become the compelling interest of the state to ensure that each one of us lives as long as possible?”

          • Veracious_one

            “When did it become the compelling interest of the state to ensure that each one of us lives as long as possible?”
            when they found out they could keep taxing you for as long as you lived…

    • Daniel Greenfield

      It’s your choice.

      Food is already labeled for TFAs. If you don’t want it, don’t buy it. But fatty food should not be FDA regulated.

      • Bitsy McCall

        Some things just aren’t necessary.
        At one time Coke had traces of cocaine and didn’t become completely cocaine-free until 1929,

        Did we need cocaine in Coke ? NO
        If foods are good without trans fats, why have them? …just for the sake of having our way?
        YOU try to buy goodies with trans fat…….FAT CHANCE!!
        And don’t suggest giving up goodies. I’d rather give up air.

        • Bitsy McCall

          oops…..YOU try to buy goodies WITHOUT trans fat…

          • cloud_buster

            Does your nanny state know you’re posting here? Sitting on your butt in front of your computer isn’t good for you. Maybe you could really use some government mandated excercise time, citizen.

            Your inability to take care of your own life choices is sickening, but your willingness to have the government impose mandates on all the rest of us because you’re too lazy to pay attention to what you put in your mouth is monstrous.

          • Bitsy McCall

            Sitting on my butt?
            I worked out for an hour every morning and I work out a half hour at the end of the day. I run around after small kids the rest of the time.
            My typical lunch is 3 servings of broccoli florets, 2 servings sliced tomatoes, 4-6 oz clean protein, large glass fat-free milk. Dinner is fruit
            I treat myself to a goodie snack with coffee in the afternoon.

            And you?

          • cloud_buster

            *woosh*

            And me?

            What if you don’t like the answer I give? Think it would be a good idea if a government agency could make me fall in line with your view of how my lifestyle should look?

            If your lifestyle is so great, why in the world do you need government regulations to maintain it?

          • Bitsy McCall

            Why do you want additives in your food that are toxic and possibly unnecessary – with regard to flavor and cost?

          • cloud_buster

            Why do you care what I want? Why do you think that it’s government’s job to dictate it to me?

          • objectivefactsmatter

            Because your judgment is not superior to mine.

          • pupsncats

            Why do people take drugs that are toxic? Why does the federal government, supposedly looking out for our good health, promote and use taxpayer dollars to pay for the ingestion of drugs, much more toxic that food additives?

          • benabo1machal

            Oh for goodness sake ladies, buy some margarine before it’s banned and use them for suppositories, since you’re so full of it

          • objectivefactsmatter

            What is a goodie snack?

            Does it have illicit trans fat? Are the evil corporations holding back on the good stuff?

            Why can’t consumers simply buy the products they want rather than coercing everyone else?

            Oh yeah, socialized medicine. I guess we DO need to control everything everyone does because we must all pay for each other’s mistakes. When the fed approves the payments. When they have any money left over from all the other Ponzi scheme debacles.

          • unionville

            There actually are a lot of goodies today that don’t have trans fat in them. You just have to read the labels. Or you could go the natural food route and allow the rest of us to luxuriate in our trans fats. However, I have a strong feeling that eventually they will discover that they were wrong all along and that trans fats are perfectly fine. It happens all the time doesn’t it. Call me a cynic.

          • Daniel Greenfield

            It’s possible, if you want to.

            Try Krispy Kreme http://www.krispykreme.com/about-us/faq

          • objectivefactsmatter

            How much of your diet is comprised of said “goodies?”

            If we have true leadership in Washington, we should be able to eat our cake without trans fats, and it will taste delicious too. And if the costs go up, we can make the rich pay their fair share to subsidize this social justice health initiative. We sure can’t “punish” the poor for this.

        • Daniel Greenfield

          If you don’t want transfats, don’t buy them or eat them.

          That’s how America works. You’re supposed to have choices.

        • objectivefactsmatter

          We don’t need anything. We don’t need the constitution either.

          Just roll over and die, the rest will happen “organically.”

        • objectivefactsmatter

          “And don’t suggest giving up goodies. I’d rather give up air.”

          So it’s all about you and your dream of letting the fed transform the nation in to a place without moral hazard.

          I think you should give up “air” before you support a federal ban on food that for most people doesn’t hurt at all.

          Let’s ban cars if so many people refuse to drive properly.

        • NAHALKIDES

          What’s not necessary – or desirable – is a government which holds the arbitrary power to decide which foods, which guns, which ideas, are necessary and which are not. Try to understand that.

    • pupsncats

      The all-seeing, all-knowing group of government bureaucrats ought to simply determine what foods we are allowed to eat and then issue food cards filled only with those approved foods we take to the grocery store. Or maybe you would rather they simply ban the manufacture of the foods they disapprove of?

    • ArizonaPaul

      You can choose to ignore it if you want, but the problem is the Left is stealing our liberty everywhere. It’s none of the Government’s business what I choose to eat. It’s pretty questionable that companies can make foods taste just as good as we’re used to eating. Especially that they will now have to spend extra R&D money to try to make the food still taste good. “First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out because I was not a Socialist…” . The Nanny State will continue to take more of our freedoms little by little.

    • NAHALKIDES

      Far more deadly than trans fats is a government that has the power to ban trans fats – because it can then ban anything it wishes and send people to jail who refuse to obey.

    • pupsncats

      So you don’t think the battle against a totalitarian government is worthwhile?

  • pupsncats

    I suppose we should all just stop eating. Would that satisfy the insane lefties?

    • Daniel Greenfield

      Zero population growth

      so yes it would

  • benabo1machal

    Ban Watermelon, that’s Obama’s favorite food, aside from Kobe Beef at $200 per 16 ounces

  • Habbgun

    Isn’t it great we are following the grand path started by Bloomberg? After all he started with soda and ended with De Blasio.

  • MarilynA

    My mother used Oleo Margarine and other cheaper substitutes for the real thing from the time Oleo was introduced as a butter substitute after the Fed. Govt got into the farm subsidy business and priced butter out of the reach of most working families. It used to be my job to work that yellow dye into it because the govt. also decreed that it couldn’t be sold with the color mixed in. My mother died two years ago at age 105. She didn’t die of heart disease, cancer or any other food related ailment. Her body parts just wore out. Our Government bureaucrats are full of crap. the FDA is nothing more than a money raising outfit that collects bribes for top politicians and regulators in exchange for banning established safe drugs so the drug companies can sell their new substitutes at inflated prices, and issuing permits and approval. for a price. If this were not true there wouldn’t be a need for all these 1 800 BAD DRUG websites and advertisements. Ronald Reagan was right. Government is the problem.

  • flier21

    As with government mandated health care and the attempt to control (eliminate) private ownership of guns, these constant attempts to ban various items, including food stuffs, is NEVER about health and safety, it is about CONTROL.
    Read “The Nazi War on Cancer” by Robert Proctor and “War Against the Weak” by Edwin Black. Adolf Hitler implemented a national health care system as a way of controlling the masses. “Hitler valued universal healthcare so highly that he imposed it on conquered countries, not exactly because he was so concerned for the well being of the subjected peoples, but because it gave him the right over entire classes of people to decide who lives and who dies. It gave him the power to engineer the composition of society to his own malicious requirements. Entire classes of people can be eliminated with no judicial process being necessary.”
    By necessity, if trans fats are banned, the price of many food stuffs will skyrocket and consumer choice will be reduced.
    Obama is using agencies like the EPA and the FDA to accomplish his totalitarian agenda. Sort of like Obama’s murder of the coal industry (by his own admission, “energy prices will skyrocket”), Obama’s various bans on oil production in the U.S. and the shutting down of the only lead processor in the U.S. (lead is used in bullet casings), thereby causing the price of ammunition to soar and resulting in a widespread ammunition shortage (also because DHS, the NEA, the Social Security Administration, NOAH and other governmental agencies have been buying 100′s of millions of rounds of ammunition).
    Under the disguise of compassion, safety, care, concern, environmentalism, etc… Obama and his minions are continuing to seize power and control over the population of the U.S.
    https://www.google.com/search?sourceid=navclient&ie=UTF-8&rlz=1T4GGNI_enUS495US495&q=adolf+Hitler+speech+about+the+adoption+of+a+national+health+care+system
    http://stop-obama-now.net/hitlercare/

  • carpe diem 36

    this is terrible news for all of us who keep Kosher, we use margarine where butter is called for in the recipe but if it is a meat dish we are forbidden to use dairy products with meat. we just have to fight the FDA. after all what does Bloomberg know about Kosher, being a Jew?

    • pupsncats

      The federal government doesn’t care about any religious practices except those of Islam which are the only protected religious rights today. Bloomberg is a totalitarian leftist who cares only about forcing everyone to do what he wants.

  • carpe diem 36

    isn’t it strange that lard was not banned but margarine is? lard, as I understand it, is a heart attack on a plate, but margarine is definitely not.

  • pupsncats

    You’re preaching to the choir. Readers of Frontpage know the intent and purpose of the left is total destruction of everything that a civilized people need to live in freedom because they are neither civilized nor value freedom.

  • JAFO

    Funny… I thought the word “liberal” meant “freedom to do what you want.” Looks like it has become a self-contradictory word. Today it means “the freedom to do what THE LEFT wants you to do.

  • Kachina Lively

    Amazes me to see how FDA/Obama seek changes in our foods, yet, Monsanto is still destroying our seeds and food products. Start with GMO’s Obama/FDA!!

  • Roland Adams