Trans Fats To Be Banned
New York City Health Department has asked all city restaurants to voluntarily stop serving food containing trans fats. They argue that the chemically modified ingredient significantly increases the risk of heart disease, and should not be part of any healthy diet.
Scientists and nutrition experts agree that trans fat is America's most dangerous fat, and recommend the use of alternatives like olive and sunflower oils.
A survey by the department's food inspectors found that 30%-60% of the city's 20,000 restaurants use partially hydrogenated oil in food preparation.
Trans fats are mainly used in baked goods, frying oils and breads.
Changes to the ingredients will be expensive, and change the taste of familiar products.
Many of New York's more expensive restaurants already avoid using the fats.