The jihad against trans fatty acids (TFAs) gets even weirder.
A new study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reports that trans fatty acid intake was “positively associated” with second-, but not first-trimester fetal growth. Oh no! Growing fetuses!
Of course, the researchers never actually measured/weighed any fetuses. They interpolated second trimester bodyweight from birthweight and guess-timated length of gestation. But don’t worry; it’s all very precise.
The researchers go on to conclude:
… the extent to which the TFA-associated increased fetal growth is likely to be harmful or beneficial is unknown. However, because no apparent benefits are associated with the consumption of industrially hydrogenated TFAs, and because higher TFA intakes in nonpregnant adults are associated with health risks, pregnant women should consider avoiding this ingredient. Our findings provide additional support for the effort to ban artificial TFAs in restaurants and to reduce TFAs in the general food supply. [Footnotes omitted]
So TFAs should be banned because some fetuses may (or may not) have grown more during the second trimester of pregnancy.