When You're Looking For Health Food You Eat A Bowl Of Kale, Not An Apple Turnover
Following the lead of nanny Bloomberg, Chelsea, Massachusetts has a looming ban on trans fats -- leading a bagel shop owner to vow to stop making pastries.
Mike Beaudet and Kevin Rothstein put out this story for Fox News Boston:
At Katz's Bagel Bakery, a Chelsea fixture since 1938, the bagels have always been the big draw, but owner Richard Katz also does a brisk business with pastries like turnovers and whoopie pies, pastries that he makes with partially hydrogenated vegetable shortening.
That shortening will be banned on Jan. 1, leaving Katz vowing to stop selling pastries rather than peddle what he calls "awful" tasting trans fat-free baked goods.
...Public health experts from the city and Massachusetts General Hospital have been working with Chelsea restaurants and bakeries to prepare for the ban and help come up with alternatives without artificial trans fats. But Katz tried several kinds and they all came up short.
"I made some dough, and I made it the same way I make everything else. I rested it and made turnovers from it, and they looked pretty good, but when you ate them they were awful," Katz said.
...But Dr. Dean Xerras, a Chelsea board of health member, says the board took action because city residents have higher than average rates for obesity and associated problems like heart disease and diabetes.
"We actually don't think it goes too far," he said. "Our intention was to help the health of Chelsea and really improve the health outcomes of the residents of Chelsea."
Not that I support government or any other nitwits controlling what adults can eat, but if Dr. Dean Xerras knew anything about dietary science, he'd be banning flour and sugar, which actually are what lead to diabetes (by causing the secretion of insulin that puts on fat).
Hey, Dr. Xerras, maybe spend less time meddling in other adults' lives, and pick up a copy of Gary Taubes' "Good Calories, Bad Calories," and maybe flip through a few medical journals.
By the way, Dr. Mary Dan Eades, who knows a thing or two about evidence-based dietary science, will sing you the health praises of lard (which is delicious in baked goods). Of course, the keeping kosher-ish thing may be a problem for the bagel maker-- tragic, because a world without bacon is a joyless place.
Additionally, eating shitty-tasting baked goods can leave you unsatisfied, which can lead to eating more and more baked goods. (I can be satisfied on a tiny piece of really good chocolate because really good is really satisfying, even in a really small size.)
And back to the headline, let's get real: People are not going to start putting their muzzle in a bucket of greens instead of having desert simply because the local power-mad, medical knowledge-deficient morons banned tasty deserts.
People in Chelsea have motor vehicles...do they not? And unless the article left an essential note out, it appears there's no giant forcefield around the town keeping the people in it from driving to a place where grownups get to be grownups and make their own food decisions.