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06 Nov 2008, 23:43
Situation: The new fat has no negative health effects but prevents the body in receiving certain vitamins. If somehow substitute exists for this intake then it will resolve the issue.

(A) Whether increasing one's intake of the vitamins can compensate for the effects of the artificial fat – Hold it
(B) Whether the vitamins that the artificial fat absorbs are present in foods that contain the fat – Contradicts the argument
(C) Whether having an extremely low fat intake for an extended period can endanger the health – No health issues per extended period
(D) Whether there are any foods that cannot be prepared using the artificial fat as a substitute for other fats – Substitute Irrelevant
(E) Whether people are generally able to detect differences in taste between foods prepared using the artificial fat and foods that are similar except for the use of other fats – taste is not the issue

Answer: A
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07 Nov 2008, 02:34
A is useful to evaluate de columnist's opinion
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07 Nov 2008, 20:50
Agree with A.
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23 Jul 2011, 12:37
IMO A

Between A and B, A gives a way to balance the negative effects of artificial fat intake, whereas B is just stating a fact which becomes irrelevant unless we talk about other aspects of the required vitamin intake.

Does the vitamins in those foods completely balance out the negative effect of the fat? If it doesnt, then it still is negative and hence is still harmful. However, if it does balance out the negatives, then it is a healthy item and hence beneficial. This is ambiguous, hence in itself, it doesnt suffice for the evaluation.

(Not sure if I make sense )
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B: whether the vitamins are present in the food that contains the fat, does not sufficiently indicate the validity of the conclusion. The argument no where states that only the vitamins, present in the same food as the fat, are absorbed .
Vitamins of other food stuff can also be absorbed.
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23 Jul 2011, 21:43
The answer should be B.

I'm glad that almost everyone on this thread has shortlisted A and B. Good job. I will not delve into C, D, and E.

Let's look at A.
"Whether increasing one's intake of the vitamins can compensate for the effects of the artificial fat"
The answer to this question does not help evaluate the author's conclusion... i.e. "People should avoid using a certain artificial fat"... Does the question above help us evaluate any of the following?? what to avoid? why to avoid? how to avoid?

Now let's look at B:
"Whether the vitamins that the artificial fat absorbs are present in foods that contain the fat"
Clearly the answer to this question helps us know a lot about what to avoid? why to avoid? how to avoid? Which vitamins are being absorbed?
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10 Dec 2011, 05:19
seofah wrote:
EDIT:
I initially went for A, but stopped at B!
here is my reasoning...

Columnist: People should avoid using a certain artificial fat that has been touted as a resource for those whose medical advisers have advised them to reduce their fat intake. Although the artificial fat, which can be used in place of fat in food preparation, has none of the negative health effects of fat, it does have a serious drawback: it absorbs certain essential vitamins, thereby preventing them from being used by the body.

In evaluating the columnist's position, it would be most useful to determine which of the following?

(A) Whether increasing one's intake of the vitamins can compensate for the effects of the artificial fat
At first, this seems a reasonable information that might be useful to know. However, it is introducing new piece of information - i.e. the impact of increased intake of vitamins
(B) Whether the vitamins that the artificial fat absorbs are present in foods that contain the fat
"certain essential vitamins" in the stem (highlighted) does not by itself suggest that those vitamins exit "in foods that contain the fat (i.e. - art fat)". Hence, the knowledge that these vitamins exit in foods that we want to use art fat for is useful

Can we have OA for this please?

It should be A.

I think some of us have failed to notice a line in the premise that stays - Art Fat has no negative effects of fat , it does have a serious drawback => Ambiguous to find what the normal fat could do now.

I hate this question for one clear reason - In evaluating the columnist's position, now c'mon, what exactly is the columnist positing!!!!!!!?????
One could infer, that it is the vitamin absorption rather than the fat replacements.

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10 Dec 2011, 15:00
Artificial fat absorbs certain essential vitamins, thereby preventing them from being used by the body.

(A) Whether increasing one's intake of the vitamins can compensate for the effects of the artificial fat
Only choice A is relevant. We need to eat more vitamins to reduce the negative effects of artificial fat.
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12 Dec 2011, 04:19
(A) Whether increasing one's intake of the vitamins can compensate for the effects of the artificial fat
-- correct!
(B) Whether the vitamins that the artificial fat absorbs are present in foods that contain the fat
doesn't B sound kind of fishy, the fat absorbs certain Vitamins, if it is going absorbing those vitamins and not others then whats the point in checking if the vitamins are there or not, any ways its going to get absorbed. Doesn't give any info. Hence a trick
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12 Dec 2011, 04:53
confused between A and B what's the OA?
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12 Dec 2011, 14:21
I like B still, even tho most others have A.

Argument is: People shouldnt take artifiial fats
Reasoning: It absorbs essential vitamins.

Answer A is saying that people can take more vitamins to overcome the absorbing of the vitamins by the fat. The authors point isnt that people need more vitamins, it is that the fat absorbs them. Answer A doesnt address the issue of the vitamin absorption.

Answer B suggests that maybe some of the essential vitamins the fat blocks isnt even in the food that the fat is used for. So if it isnt, there would be no need to worry about the blocking of those vitamins, because it is irrelevant. This would make the authors point useless.

I have confused myself now, OA and explain would be helpful.
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15 Dec 2011, 18:58
kotela wrote:
confused between A and B what's the OA?

after clear examination A looks good, but do please provide the OA
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25 Nov 2013, 00:31
vineetgupta wrote:
Straight B...A is totally out of scope.
Where does the increase in intake of vitamins come up in the passage.

I think what B is trying to say is whether the same food that contains the artificial fat contains the the essential vitamins(that it absorbs) as well??

Now,answer 'Yes' and 'No' to this question...the argument is strengthened in one case and weakened in another.

A isn't out of scope. A is the OA.
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21 May 2014, 09:40
Hi,

Here the conclusion is People should avoid using artificial fat ,because it prevent essential vitamins to be used by the body.
So now seeing the option A ,which is the OA. But my query is Even after increasing the intake of vitamins how does it going to compensate the artificial fat intake effect, as it still going to prevent the vitamins to be used by the body as it just vitamins quantity is increased.

Please help me out.

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Hi,

Here the conclusion is People should avoid using artificial fat ,because it prevent essential vitamins to be used by the body.
So now seeing the option A ,which is the OA. But my query is Even after increasing the intake of vitamins how does it going to compensate the artificial fat intake effect, as it still going to prevent the vitamins to be used by the body as it just vitamins quantity is increased.

Please help me out.

Thanks

Hi Nitin,

Good question. You are correct in your understanding to a limited extent.

If option A had been:

Whether a person consuming artificial fat can increase his/her intake of Vitamins?

Then your reasoning would be correct. Because we don't know whether increasing the intake of vitamins would help or not since artificial fat is preventing these vitamins to be absorbed in the body. Even if the intake of vitamins is increased, it may not help if the artificial fat does not allow these vitamins to be absorbed by the body.

So, you would have been correct if the option statement were like above.

However, option A says:

(A) Whether increasing one's intake of the vitamins can compensate for the effects of the artificial fat

What do we mean by "compensate" here?

When someone says "Your high score in verbal can compensate for your low score in quant". What does it mean? It means that even though your quant score is probably below the required number, your high verbal score can help you get the required overall score.

Similarly, option A says whether increasing intake of vitamins (high verbal score) can help the body get the required vitamins (overall score) even in the presence of artificial fat (low quant score).

Now, if the answer is Yes, then it means that increasing intake of vitamins will give your body its required vitamins. So, you need not cut artificial fat from your diet. It weakens the conclusion.

Similarly, if the answer is No, it strengthens the conclusion.

Does it help?

Thanks,
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22 May 2014, 03:27
Hmm thanks again Chiranjeev .i really need to increases my understanding.!!!
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21 Oct 2014, 19:08
oa is a...do we always have to take what is written in CR as totally true? if that is the case then we cannot consider B because it implies that the author is totally wrong
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In evaluating the columnist's position, it would be most useful to determine which of the following?

(A) Whether increasing one's intake of the vitamins can compensate for the effects of the artificial fat

Correct answer
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Columnist: People should avoid using a certain artificial fat that has been touted as a resource for those whose medical advisers have advised them to reduce their fat intake. Although the artificial fat, which can be used in place of fat in food preparation, has none of the negative health effects of fat, it does have a serious drawback: it absorbs certain essential vitamins, thereby preventing them from being used by the body.

In evaluating the columnist's position, it would be most useful to determine which of the following?

(A) Whether increasing one's intake of the vitamins can compensate for the effects of the artificial fat

(B) Whether the vitamins that the artificial fat absorbs are present in foods that contain the fat

(C) Whether having an extremely low fat intake for an extended period can endanger the health

(D) Whether there are any foods that cannot be prepared using the artificial fat as a substitute for other fats

(E) Whether people are generally able to detect differences in taste between foods prepared using the artificial fat and foods that are similar except for the use of other fats
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