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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Carry On Banning

I see that National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), the organisation that bans expensive cancer treatments, is continuing with its mission of banning things.

It has called for a ban on trans fats (artificial fats) in foods.

Fair enough, as I personally prefer the taste and texture of real butter (not artificially "spun" gloop) and real lard rather than veggie oil etc.

However, NICE then go on to say that saturated fat (eg butter) should also be cut back.

Now if you ban one type of fat, you will have to replace it with another.

As I have noted repeatedly, the body is like a car engine; deprive it of oil (ie fat) and it will seize up. It stands to reason that blood flows through the veins much easier if the veins have a good coating of fat:)

For good measure NICE also want salt reduced (as per their usual whine).

Salt is necessary for a human to survive. Salt tablets are mandatory for those working in hot climates, a normal healthy person who drinks water and moves around will excrete/sweat out any "excess" salt quite naturally.

As a child I used to "shave" blocks of sea salt for my mum (she bought these large cubes wrapped in blue paper, anyone remember them?), and I would often take chunks of salt to munch on whilst shaving the blocks. I am now middle aged, with no heart/blood pressure issues, it did me no harm.

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  1. Ken,

    I saw these recommendations too....I also saw that they wished to see VAT introduced on butter, biscuits etc and anything else they don't approve off.

    As I have said on here before: Everything in moderation.

    I wonder how many people with anxiety problems are made ill through worrying about what they can and can't eat; it must be like the insomniac laying awake, worrying about his insomnia.

    NICE are likely to come up with mad brain schemes just to justify their existence; You never hear of one of these government quangos/agencies saying something along the lines of;
    "Well actually, everything is OK."
    Of course, if they did, there would be no need for them and therefore they would loose their easy lifestyle funded by the taxpayers.

  2. Disgusted, Tunbridge Wells10:55 AM

    I do agree with a complete ban on trans fats. They aren't found in nature and the associated, very real health hazard is down to the body not being able to deal with them. Trans fats result from the hydrogenation of oils to make them into solid fats. However I'd be prepared to pay extra for a packet of biccies made with good, old fashioned butter. Yum!!

  3. Lord of Atlantis12:01 PM

    I agree with Disgusted, Tunbridge Wells. However, considering the number of mediciones that NICE has refused to sanction, medicines which are freely available in other countries, I feel that anything NICE has to say on the subject of people's health and wellbeing is at best lacking in credibility, and at worst, hypocritical. If money needs to be saved in the NHS, why not start with unelected quangos like NICE?

  4. It’s just another exercise in looking for someone else to blame…….

    Here’s a message for all fat bastards.

    The reason you are fat is your fault. It has nothing to do with your genes, metabolism or the unique way that your own body deals with food.
    You have not mastered the art of balancing your food intake against the amount of exercise that you do.
    Nobody has spiked your food with excess fat, you simply eat too much.
    Get off your lazy fat arses and DO SOMETHING instead of feeling sorry for yourself and looking around to blame someone else.
    You lazy, fat, smelly, sweaty bastards
    And the same goes for those who have heart conditions

    Thank you.

    How dare these people at NICE call for ANYTHING to be banned. Who the fuck do they think they are? And if we start banning things that are ‘not good for you’, where do you think it will stop?

    It’s often said on this website, ‘Think about the children’.

    The children that I feel sorry for are those related to the people at NICE.
    Can you imagine what their diets are?

  5. Archrooy3:30 PM

    "Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of
    its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to
    live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies.
    The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may
    at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own
    good will torment us without end for they do so with the
    approval of their own conscience." --C.S.Lewis.

  6. Archroy6:16 PM

    Not quite sure why it came out as blank verse!

    And who's this chancer Archrooy?

  7. It's such a shame that NICE are finally the ones to bring up the issue of trans fats, as trans fats are indeed dangerous but who can take anything NICE say seriously?

    While they're at it mind, if you're going to ban artificial fats, can we also ban artificial sugars (i..e aspartame etc) and have our real sugar back please? I was disgusted to find an Eccles cake containing aspartame the other day. It tasted like sour diet coke, disgusting. Give me cake with real sugar any day.

    I don't normally like to ban anything, but there's always exceptions, and these artificial products are they.