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  1. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    Isn’t the NRA motto: “Eat lead!”?

  2. PianoGuy24

    PianoGuy24 GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    The body can’t tell the difference between Trans Fats to their counterpart of natural fats, and they do the same amount of damage if eaten TOO much. Yet, the Government isn’t banning the natural fats….oops…give it time….

  3. mikefive

    mikefive said, about 3 years ago

    The NRA is involved in the trans-fat controversy?

  4. Jase99

    Jase99 GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago


    Read up on a topic before you post. An en excerpt on the topic from the Harvard School of Public Health:

    "Today we know that eating trans fats increases levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL, “bad” cholesterol), especially the small, dense LDL particles that may be more damaging to arteries. It lowers levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) particles, which scour blood vessels for bad cholesterol and truck it to the liver for disposal. It also promotes inflammation, (6) an overactivity of the immune system that has been implicated in heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and other chronic conditions. Eating trans fat also reduces the normal healthy responsiveness of endothelial cells, the cells that line all of our blood vessels. In animal studies, eating trans fat also promotes obesity and resistance to insulin, the precursor to diabetes.

    This multiple-pronged attack on blood vessels translates into heart disease and death. An analysis of the health effects of industrial trans fats conducted by researchers with the Harvard School of Public Health Department of Nutrition indicates that eliminating trans fats from the U.S. food supply could prevent up to 1 in 5 heart attacks and related deaths. That would mean a quarter of a million fewer heart attacks and related deaths each year in the United States alone. (7) (As noted above, trans fats do naturally occur in dairy foods and meat from ruminant animals, but trans fats from these sources do not makeup as significant a part of the American diet, so they are not as much of a public health concern.)

  5. John Locke

    John Locke said, about 3 years ago


    I bet the Harvard School of Public Health has similar things to say about beer and pretzels. Dammit! Keep off my freedom to go to hell or heaven in my own way. I left my mother long ago.

  6. Enoki

    Enoki said, about 3 years ago

    I don’t know what the %@^^ trans-fats are particularly but since I don’t generally eat process food that comes from a vat out of some factory it probably doesn’t matter. Aside from that if the government says this stuff is bad they probably should be ignored these days as it probably is something so irrelevant as to be insignificant.
    All the significant stuff was regulated decades ago leaving bureaucrats only meaningless stuff to regulate today.

  7. chipscount

    chipscount said, about 3 years ago


    saves time demonizing things one at a time

  8. mikefive

    mikefive said, about 3 years ago


    I hadn’t thought of that! Thanks for the chuckle.

  9. emptc12

    emptc12 said, about 3 years ago

    In our economic ecology, unhealthy food holds an important place. It employs workers in the processed food industries, gives jobs to transport employees, sponsors entertainment, engenders the necessity of the health-care system to develop new treatments. Unhealthy living gives jobs to prescription drug chemists and lobbyists. Countless advertised weight-loss products depend on it.
    It is therefore our patriotic duty as Consumers to eat unhealthy stuff and promote it to the rest of the world. We are entitled to The Pursuit of Fattiness. Wake up, America!
    If you want my Twinkie you’ll have to pry it from my fat, cold, dead hand! There, I said it!

  10. Fuzzy Thinker (I)

    Fuzzy Thinker (I) GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    In America, citizens were allowed to make their own decisions. Nanny-state USA works like communism- people are forced to behave in the ‘approved’ way.

  11. The Wolf In Your Midst

    The Wolf In Your Midst said, about 3 years ago

    “You can have my trans fats when you pry them out of my cold, stale cruller!”
    Though really, why not give these people what they want? The freedom to put all sorts of nasty stuff in their bodies, and to have insurance plans that will drop them once all that unhealthy living catches up with them. Surely, then, they’ll be too proud to go to the emergency room for “free” treatment, and will die free rather than be a burden to the system, right?

  12. hippogriff

    hippogriff said, about 3 years ago

    Debt Free: What? Attack the Nazi Revolutionary Army? Ach nein!

  13. emptc12

    emptc12 said, about 3 years ago

    Remember the 1973 Woody Allen movie, “Sleeper”? The character Miles Monroe, who ran “The Happy Carrot” health food restaurant, was cryogenically preserved and awoke 200 years in the future. The doctors who first examined him said,
    Dr. Melik: This morning for breakfast he requested something called “wheat germ, organic honey and tiger’s milk.”
    Dr. Aragon: [chuckling] Oh, yes. Those are the charmed substances that some years ago were thought to contain life-preserving properties.
    Dr. Melik: You mean there was no deep fat? No steak or cream pies or… hot fudge?
    Dr. Aragon: Those were thought to be unhealthy… precisely the opposite of what we now know to be true.
    Dr. Melik: Incredible.

  14. morrrva

    morrrva said, about 3 years ago

    You can’t be serious. You want the “freedom” to be able to eat an artifical substance that kills you, so you force those of us who care about our health to eat it? When these frankenchemicals are used, the manufacturers don’t make things without it. Unless I go “off the grid,” I can’t avoid them, just so you can not care about your health in any way. That’s like saying if I don’t like the fact that you drive a car ready to explode, I should stay off the road.

  15. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, about 3 years ago

    I feel that everyone should be able to trash their health anyway they want to. But I also believe that I should not be subsidizing their poor health decisions with my tax money/health insurance premiums.

    I don’t like the fact that the government tells me I have to wear a seat belt when driving. I wear one; I have survived a number of accidents without a scratch. I wouldn’t think of being in any car without one. But I don’t think the government should tell me I have to wear one.

    How do we get around it? We have all kinds of sensors available to know for sure. If a person is involved in an accident, and it is determined he/she was not wearing a seat belt, insurance will not pay for that driver’s treatment. Simple enough. Never happen.

    The idea of saying government is always wrong, so we shouldn’t listen, is just a way of saying: “Don’t confuse me with facts.” I am in no way stating that government is always right, but I am showing how foolish you can be in your desire to ignore anything you don’t want to hear.

    As a doctor, I can tell you that trans fats are bad for you. Coconut oil is bad for you. Palm Kernel Oil is bad for you. And Canola oil is artificially made, and not a natural oil. As oils go, Olive is the best, but it ignites at a relatively low temperature. For higher temps, peanut oil is the way to go.

    We all need sodium, in minimum amounts. A Chick-Fil-A sandwich has over 1000 mg of sodium. So does a can of Campbell’s soup. High blood pressure, here we come.

    It’s funny that many posters who find fault with the number of entitlements our society provides seem to be equally possessive of their right to be entitled to ruin their health any way they want to. Or maybe not so funny.

    As I posted last week, it is against the law to manufacture and sell clothing that is not fire-resistant. Where is the outcry? Where is the demand for flammable clothing? Isn’t the government ALWAYS wrong? And what right do they have to tell us what we can buy?

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