Transfats Still Bad

Partially hydrogenated &tc. These are called trans-fats and are frequent additions to foods to preserve shelf-life. Ann-Charlotte Granholm reported at the Soc. of Neuroscience annual meeting that trans fats given to rats caused them to be up to five times less capable of learning than rats given equal amounts of fats as soy oil. The trans fats rats’ brains showed signs of damage to the hippocampus. If you’ve been using margerine instead of butter, time to reconsider. (Reported in New Scientist, 6 November 2004.) (11/7)

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