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Trans Fat Bans Reduce Heart Disease Deaths: Study

Nutritional bans have incited controversy: Who is the government to tell people what they can or can't eat? Should governments be allowed to go so far as to enforce nutritional laws? Do they even work? A recent study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine on Denmark's trans fat ban-which that country implemented in 2004-found that the bans do work.

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Dr. Sears Comments:

Dr. Barry Sears

Of course, after all these years no one still has a valid theory to explain the negative impact of trans fats at the molecular level.  I believe that trans fatty acids increase endotoxemia (increased entry of bacteria, especially gram-negative bacteria into the blood) by enhancing the permeability of the gut wall.  Any high-fat diet does this, and I believe that trans fats may be the most effective type of fat in this regard.  By reducing trans fats, you will decrease leaky gut syndrome, and in the process you reduce endotoxemia-induced inflammation that leads to stroke and heart disease.

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