Would you like trans fats with that?

Would you like trans fats with that?

Here’s an example of how people use buzzwords from the news without understanding them.

On Saturday, we were at the local farmer’s market and were chatting with a lady and her kids selling organic cereal. Another woman approaches to sample the goods and asks, “Does it have trans fats?”

This is organic cereal, made by combining very lightly handled grains and other goodies into bags for sale at a farmer’s market. Trans fats are “made when manufacturers add hydrogen to vegetable oil—a process called hydrogenation. … Trans fat can be found in vegetable shortenings, some margarines, crackers, cookies, snack foods, and other foods made with or fried in partially hydrogenated oils.”

Lady, do you even know what a trans fat is? If not, then why are you worrying about it so much? Because the “hype-of-the-moment” news media and grandstanding politicians tell you to?

Relax. Have some cereal. Taste the goodness.