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Denmark Still Enjoys Its Danishes

While I think NYC's ban on trans fats is fantastic, some people disagree arguing that their foods will just not have the same texture and taste without the added trans fats.

What skeptics may not know is that Denmark made it illegal for any food to have more than 2 percent trans fats (offenders face hefty fines or even prison terms) nearly three years ago. I haven't heard too many complaints coming from them. It has even been reported that:

The french fries are still crispy. The pastries are still scrumptious. And the fried chicken is still tasty.

Apparently, in the beginning the Danish bakers were having a hard time getting the right textures to their yummy traditional pastries such as, well danishes, but after some minor trial and error it's all been figured out.

The point is that no body is complaining and I don't see why they would -- Wouldn't it be nice to be hungry and be able to get anything, knowing it won't have any trans fats? Denmark proves to be a great example for NYC as they embark on cutting the trans fats.

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DStirk DStirk 10 years
i don't get why people are so upset about it. trans fats are bad for you and now we wont have to worry whether or not its in the food we order. Sounds pretty sweet to me. its like they are cutting out the hard work which is deciphering the labels.
katie225 katie225 10 years
there is no acceptable, healthy level of trans fat. any trans fat at all is unhealthy! trans fat is unnatural and comes from hydrogenated oils (check those ingredient labels!), so if you had REAL fried chicken and REAL baked goods, it wouldn't have trans fat in it. therefore, real butter is actually healthier than some margarine. still has fat in it, but at least there's a healthy level of those fats.
BlondeSugar BlondeSugar 10 years
I see your point Cranberry, but the problem is that people don't eat those things as a rare treat. It's part of their everyday diet. That's why this country is so obese and why heart disease is the #1 killer.
Cranberry Cranberry 10 years
Here's my problem with the trans fat ban... trans fats are only in foods you shouldn't be eating much of anyway! I mean come on, french fries? Danishes? These should only be eaten as a rare treat. If you cut out trans fats, fried chicken is still UNHEALTHY! I'm afraid that people might eat more of these bad things now because they think that since they have no trans fats, they're fine.
HariboLicorice HariboLicorice 10 years
well said neecalle! I think if people would stop whining about the taste and start whining about how half the stuff out there will kill them earlier (hence also destroying their ability to taste things long morbid)...they'd get over it faster. Viva la trans fat ban!
Olivia Olivia 10 years
Mmmmmmm danishes.
Mme-Hart Mme-Hart 10 years
Hey fitsugar, I heard a rumour that transfats are being banned at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver. Can you look into this and post on it??? Cheers!
N-e-e-c-a-l-l-e N-e-e-c-a-l-l-e 10 years
Good Job Fit! Lets lose the transfats, I dont understand why people are so caught up in how losing transfats will affect the food, what about how keeping them affects our health? Are we honestly as a society, so obsessed with food that we're willing to jepordize our health in order to have some fried chicken? Come on ... lets get our priorities in order. Im not trying to sound harsh...I just feel very strongly on the subject :) Have a great day everyone!!
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