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Rep. Tim Huelskamp Upset That FDA Is Banning Harmful Trans Fats From Food

| by Michael Allen

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced today that it was ordering food manufacturers to phase out trans fats by June 2018.

Trans fats, also referred to as partially hydrogenated oils, are made when hydrogen is added to vegetable oil to process fatty foods such as pie crust, biscuits and frosting.

Trans fats can also contribute to heart disease, noted the Associated Press. The FDA's change could prevent thousands of people from suffering heart attacks.

While that may sound like good news to most folks, Republican Rep. Tim Huelskamp of Kansas slammed the decision on Twitter today.

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Huelskamp tweeted, "Twisted world: transgender and transracial are ‘in’; and trans fats are out! #jenner #dolezal."

The Hill reports that Huelskamp was referring to transgender reality TV star Caitlyn Jenner and Rachel Dolezal, the Spokane, Washington, NAACP leader who resigned amid reports that she is a white woman pretending to be black.

Huelskamp also included a link to the Associated Press story, which mentioned the health hazards of trans fats.

According to the Mayo Clinic website: "Trans fat is considered by many doctors to be the worst type of fat you can eat. Unlike other dietary fats, trans fat — also called trans-fatty acids — both raises your LDL ("bad") cholesterol and lowers your HDL ("good") cholesterol."

Sources: Associated Press, Twitter, The Hill, Mayo Clinic
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