Mmmm, French Fries

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The food industry has been substituting trans-fat with better-for-you fats, HealthDay reports , picking up an article published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health found most manufacturers and restaurants weren t simply replacing trans-fat with saturated fat, as some had feared they would.

But, since we know trans fats don t pose a significant threat, ACSH s Jeff Stier worries that the reformulation will not actually make the public any healthier and may have unintended consequences.

People will say, Well, the french fries are healthy now, so why not just go crazy and enjoy them more. We should enjoy fries and other fatty foods in limited quantities, since with or without trans-fat, they are still calorie dense. By misplacing the focus on trans-fats, we're taking our eye off the prize of fighting obesity.