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:

Fat Nile Rats

The Summer 2011 issue (“food issue”) of Brandeis Magazine is out. Several Brandeis scientists feature in the magazine. In “Fat Rats Shed Light on Diabetes”, Penny Schwartz discusses Professor of Biology K.C. Hayes and his research into diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome using a new animal model (the Nile rat). Nutritional advice, recipes and more can be found in the online version.

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