Why partiallly hydrogenated vegetable oil had to go

notransfatKC Hayes, Professor Emeritus of Biology, recently talked to Brandeis NOW about new guidelines on partially hydrogenated vegetable oils (trans fats) and statin drugs.

Brandeis NOW: You’ve been a long-time advocate for banning hydrogenated oils. How do you feel now that it is finally happening?

Hayes: It’s about time. We’ve known about the negative effects of transfat since the early 1990s — some would argue even sooner — so it’s really 20 years late.


Hayes continues to do research with his lab at Brandeis, seeking to understand the role of diet and nutritional supplements in diseases such as atherosclerosis and diabetes, often using the diabetes-prone nile rat as a model. A couple of their recent publications:


  1. Scott McLeod says:

    Although the field of science has traditionally taken very long periods of time to reverse old thought paradigms and research claims, it seems that change and acceptance to revoke old claims is becoming more popular. I guess it was 20 years too late on transfat but we’re seeing a lot of shifts taking place in the scientific community to help us achieve these feats sooner. I am fascinated at medium chain fatty acids, such as those found in coconut oil and the myriad of health protective benefits it offers, including blood sugar regulation and increased insulin sensitivity in diabetics.

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