I just re-read CSPI’s “The Truth About Trans” from the March 1988 edition of Nutrition Action, and the overlying message I came away with was “we need more evidence to make a final decision on trans fats”. And a few years later, CSPI had all the evidence it needed to say trans fats were indeed harmful.
So it turns out that all these years, CSPI’s opponents were falsely claiming “CSPI was for trans fats before they were against them” in order to discredit CSPI.
When I first got into food activism, I believed in the lie that CSPI defended trans fats and was responsible for trans fats being in processed foods.
So as far as I’m concerned, “CSPI was for trans fats before they were against them” is just another debunked conspiracy theory. Shame on the Center for Consumer Freedom, the Weston A. Price Foundation, and Mary G. Enig for promoting ridiculous conspiracy theories.