Hope you got your sprinkle fix in because they’ve just become the latest casualty in the FDA’s war on trans fats.
Granted, the FDA admits that those fats occur naturally in foods that are a regular part of most people’s non-vegan diets. So, apparently, until the FDA can figure out how to makes us all vegans, it’s settling for eliminating trace trans fats—which means no more sprinkles.
As Breitbart.com’s Mike Flynn reports, the ironic thing is:
…it bears repeating that a large reason trans fats used to be so prevalent in our diets was due to the activism of the food nannies at Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI). The left-wing food scolds, most famous for its reports on “calorie bomb” food entrees, pushed restaurants and food companies to switch to trans fats in the 1980s and 1990s.
As research mounted that trans fats were possibly unhealthy, CSPI dismissed these concerns as “rumors.” Trans fats, the group concluded, “seem relatively innocent.” The groups nutrition director even concluded, “The bottom line, trans…schmans.” The group has since completely reversed their views and today raises millions of dollars to agitate for bans of the very products they once promoted.
Investor’s Business Daily aptly sums up that government overreach—far more than a few sprinkles—is what should worry us:
…research has determined that large quantities of trans fats in one's diet can be dangerous for long-term health.
But so can large quantities of bacon, and no one has proposed banning bacon, at least not yet, but we're sure that thought has occurred to those who want 16-ounce soft drinks banned while forcing our children to eat cardboard school lunches. …
The nanny state that tells us what cars we should drive, what energy we must use and what health insurance we must buy has told mothers what they can put in their children's school lunches and even whether they can take mom-made lunches to school at all. Slurpees and now sprinkles are a health hazard, according to those who mysteriously know what's good for us.
We'd suggest that freer societies are healthier societies, and that government can have our sprinkle-covered cupcakes when they can pry them from our cold, dead, frosting-stained hands.