A lot of people have asked me why I’m so skeptical about the dangers of trans fats when the science is so totally clear. One big reason is the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), the biggest and most prominent of the anti-trans fat pressure groups. They’re the ones who’ve been running around suing (and/or threatening to sue) the likes of KFC and Starbuck’s over the last few years. Their contention is that the food industry should never have switched from natural saturated fats to hydrogenated fats in the first place. I’m inclined to agree. The irony here is that they were the ones who, back in the late 80’s, were primarily responsible for pressuring food companies and restaurant chains into making that switch in the first place.
A fair minded person might say: c’mon Joe, can’t a person — or a whole big group of people — make a mistake? Absolutely. However where I get hung up is: did they make the mistake then? Or are they making it now?