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California Law Puts the Ban on Trans Fat

It looks like California has just bought a ticket for the trans-fat-free boat. Just like New York City, the Golden State is banning trans fat from their restaurants and other retail food places. This includes prohibiting the use of any oil, margarine, or shortening that contains trans fat.

This unhealthy fat is worse than saturated fat because it reduces your good cholesterol levels and has been linked to heart disease. Although New York City, Philadelphia, Seattle, and Montgomery County, MD, have ordinances that ban trans fats, California is the first state to adopt this as a law. Signed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, this law will take effect on January 1, 2010 for oil, shortening, and margarine used in spreads or for frying. When it comes to deep frying though, the law will be in effect a year later, Jan. 1, 2011. Violations could cost restaurant owners between $25 and $1,000.

I hope we can soon see other states adopting such laws banning trans fat. Do you think you'll eat out more often if you know that restaurant food is free of trans fat?


BarboraZ BarboraZ 9 years
i agree with u red sharpie...the gov should not make decisions for ppl but with banning trans fats, it really is different like u said. :)
Red-Sharpie Red-Sharpie 9 years
While I don't support smoking in any way, banning trans fats is different because they are completely and utterly replaceable without significant cost or change of taste. Plenty of chains have switched already and nobody notices a difference. There's no easy replacement for those smoking cigarettes. Also, people who smoke are well aware that they're smoking and that it's bad for you, but you don't necessarily know when you're eating trans fats in a restaurant. There are already plenty of laws about public smoking in place already in CA. But really, the government makes a lot of money on cigarette it's not really in their best interest to ban them.
sldc sldc 9 years
I do not believe in legislating things that are better left to choice. Voluntary compliance and free market are how things should evolve. The transfat ban will not affect packaged food items, but it will affect mom and pop places. New York pop and mom joints are struggling to comply with nutrition information, because it is expensive. The road to hell is paved with good intentions. Nanny state mentality make me ill. That being said, I have been avoiding transfats for ten years now.
nnayap nnayap 9 years
I don't really eat at these sorts of places, but yay for those who do!
ummyeaitsmarcie ummyeaitsmarcie 9 years
It doesn't really make sense to me to ban food that is bad for an individual but still allow smoking which hurts both the person who chooses to smoke and the people around that individual without their consent. Just saying.
darkoblivion darkoblivion 9 years
This is frustrating. Of course trans fats are bad for you. Most people know that but where is personal accountability and personal responsibility these days? Just because it's bad for you then it should be banned? Seriously? Is the country going to continue to make decisions for everyone? Sugar is one of the number 1 things making America fat. Should we ban that too? OR should we regulate mandatory exercise? I agree with jdeprima. California completely bypassed the step of letting the people KNOW what's in the food. They should be required to post nutritional info and let the person decide for themselves. All this coming from a person who is very picky about what she puts in her body and exercises 6 days per week. I just believe in personal responsibility.
nv27 nv27 9 years
iamangiepooh, I totally agree.
jdeprima jdeprima 9 years
I'm uneasy about laws and ordinances that categorically ban certain foods. I think restaurants should post whether they're using trans fats, and then people can make their own choices.
hllrbackgirl hllrbackgirl 9 years
Yay! MoCo, MD. Sorry, I have nothing to contribute. I just had to represent my county, lol.
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I'm not going to eat out more, either. It's like the lesser of two evils...trans fat or having your food deepfried in palm oil or lard. It's almost just as unhealthy, so what's the point? I'd rather cook at home with my olive oil and canola oil.
iamangiepooh iamangiepooh 9 years
I'm not going to eat out more just because they're banning trans fats. Certain food may be healthier because of this law, but not healthy. I do hope they pass this law in every state because the obesity rate of this country is astounding. I hope that this on-going emphasis on healthy eating gets through to more people.
AMP AMP 9 years
Yay Cali!!! Jan 1, 2010 can't come fast enough now. Not really, but can't wait for that law to go into effect. Now if I could just remember to use my ear piece instead of talking on my phone...
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