There exists a certain class of people in the United States who would fight the government for declaring it illegal to use cyanide or rat poison in food.
Speaking to a group of Republican donors a year ago at a fundraising event, Senator Rand Paul aligned himself with these people, telling them that “they’re coming after your doughnuts!”
Paul’s dire warning was a reference to the FDA’s decision to ban trans fats. “Some unelected bureaucrat has banned trans fats,” Paul said, adding that “if we’re gonna have a nanny state, and everybody’s gotta eat the right thing and you can’t eat doughnuts, maybe we ought to just enforce it on the government workers first.”
This argument is utter garbage. That’s why the pinnacle of garbage TV, Fox & Friends, brought it back.
Last Tuesday, they warned that President Obama’s administration was set to ban doughnut sprinkles. This, of course, means that the government is two steps away from forcing a RFID chip under your skin and micromanging your life (like, for instance, telling you that you can’t be gay or get an abortion).
Fox host Clayton Morris told viewers that if the FDA’s preliminary findings take effect, crackers, frozen pizza, popcorn, coffee creamers, and canned frosting will all be banned. “If you’re making some cookies once a year with your kids on the holidays,” Morris said, “that’ll be banned.”
Briebart also jumped on the train; just days before Christmas, the only news agency with less credibility than Fox asserted that the FDA moved to “ban cake” and “donut ‘sprinkles.’
Ignoring the fact that this just isn’t true, if the government is moving to ban something from foods, it’s probably not something that’s fit for human consumption. This is why we have the Food and Drug Administration, and if you think we don’t need it, I encourage you to read Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle. I frankly don’t care if you can’t stomach the thought of butchers having their hands and fingers ground into the meat that you eat. You want that world back, not me.
But, like I said, these are fabrications.
John Chait explained a while back why these are lies:
They are not, in fact, coming after your doughnuts. Trans fats are not essential to make doughnuts or, really, anything. Some restaurants still use trans fats because, even though they’re incredibly bad for you, they’re longer-lasting and slightly cheaper than other oils, and very few customers would ever know the difference.
But Dunkin’ Donuts, Krispy Kreme, and many others have already eliminated trans fats, and customers have detected no difference in taste…. FDA officials are phasing out a dangerous substance at no cost to people’s ability to eat tasty food.
So you heard it here, folks; the War on Doughnuts is every bit as anchored in reality as the War on Christmas.
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