The government saturated fat tax?

You might have heard on the news over the past couple of weeks that the government in Denmark apparently implemented a "saturated fat tax", which imposes an extra tax on foods that have a certain % of saturated fat in them. 

Now I know this type of stuff really angers a lot of people... whether it's an extra cigarette tax, a soda tax, or this new so-called "saturated fat tax". 

But I don't want to delve into that argument today... I want to talk about something that's even more concerning about this particular tax, and shows how clueless governments are about nutrition.

The MAJOR issue as I see it here is that there's ZERO scientific proof that saturated fat is bad for you!

Apparently the Danish government hasn't been made aware of the new scientific findings in recent years that has completely debunked the MYTH which originated in the 1950's that saturated fat is bad for you.

If you've been a long time reader of my newsletters here, you should already know the science that saturated fat is in fact, NOT bad for you, and in some cases, can even be VERY beneficial to you, including hormonal balance, immune system function, and so on.

If you need a refresher on the some of the science of why saturated fat can actually be good for you, read these 2 articles:

Yes, saturated fat can actually be GOOD for you

The TRUTH about saturated fat (written by a PhD in nutritional biochemistry)

Back to this absurd "saturated fat tax"...

Just look at the example of coconuts and coconut fat... there's not a single nutrition scientist with half a brain that would claim that coconut fat is bad for you... in fact, although it's 90% saturated fat, it's one of the healthiest fats you can eat, yet according to this Danish saturated fat tax, you'd have to pay a hefty tax if you wanted to eat healthful coconut fat.

Now to give the Danish government some credit, apparently they had already banned the use of trans fats a while back.  At least they got that one right.  This is something I think every government should ban, as there's no reason any human should still be ingesting artificial trans fats in this day and age that we know how deadly they really are...especially considering that there are healthier alternatives to trans fats that can be used for cooking oils, such as saturated fats!

Mike Geary
Certified Nutrition Specialist
Certified Personal Trainer