New York bans trans fat

December 6, 2006 in Food Companies, Manufacturing and Trends, Nutrition Topics in the News

New York bans trans fat

New York City is set to become the first American city to ban trans fats at restaurants.

Trans fat, usually in the form of hydrogenated vegetable oil is used in everything from frying to baking and is present in most processed foods. Trans fat has been linked to heart disease and is known to raise bad cholesterol and lower good cholesterol.

The Board of Health in New York City passed the ban unanimously. The new ban takes effect in July 2007 for all fried foods. Restaurants will have until 2008 to eliminate the oil from all foods.

This announcement comes when many food companies are attempting to eliminate the fat from their products. Trans fat is often found in products such as crackers, cookies, pizza dough and muffins.

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