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Conservative Heart Association Edges Closer to Trans Fat Ban

Seems the still conservative American Heart Association (AHA) has taken "bold" baby steps forward, as the group announced a near ban on trans fats and daily exercise as part of their newest dietary guidelines released yesterday.

The association capped the limit on trans fats to less than 1 percent of a patient's daily caloric intake, pretty easy if you eliminate health-harming fried foods and baked goods derived from sugar and grains from your diet. And, daily exercise certainly works well if you view it like a drug that must be precisely prescribed for you to realize any benefit.

Another concept the AHA adopted that's finally sinking in: Cutting down on the calories you consume from soft drinks and not substituting sugary fruit juices for eating more fruits and vegetables.

Unfortunately, the AHA gets it way wrong on other things:

San Francisco Chronicle June 19, 2006

Forbes.com June 19, 2006

American Heart Association June 19, 2006

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