Trans fats off the plates in NY

The mayor of New York has decided to forbid trans fats to be used in the food in all restaurant within the city limits for health reasons. Trans fats have more negative impact on the human health than other types of fats.

Some of the bigger chains such as McDonalds, Taco Bell and Kentucky Fried Chicken has said they will replace the trans fats with other fats. The hamburger chain Wendys has already replaced the trans fats with a mixture of soy and corn oils.

Some claim that trans fats make food taste better but that is just nonsense. The NY mayor says that he loves hamburgers so is the harm in making the little healther while keeping the good taste?

Seems like a good initiative. Denmark has already put a 2% limit of trans fats in all food stuff. Same taste just healthier. And that is why the researcher managed to convince the politicians to pass that law. Now EU says that it is trade obstacle but Denmark says they will go to court if necessary.

Did I write soy oil above? Yes I did. I guess much of comes from GMO soy ...

A danish scientist says it is better to use the trans fats for shoe polish!


At December 06, 2006, Blogger AEnima said...

I have seem documentaries with restaurants having trans fatty oils delivered to them. Particularly chinese, fish and chips, kebabs and even other places non fast food.

The reason for it is that it is just SO MUCH cheaper! I got totally grossed out, because they would have the non-trans fat oil for inspections, swore to all they didn't use it and then in a cover up operation were filmed buying them by the gallon out of the back of a truck in what looked like garbage can... bleargh!

This was filmed in the UK.

I think I will trust mcdonalds much more (because it is such a huge chain with so many rules and regulations for health and safety issues) than small restaurants.

Have you seen anything about this "black market" for trans fat oil?

At December 06, 2006, Blogger Johan said...

no, i have not heard of any "black markets" of trans fats. trans fats are all legit so why hide it? of course restaurants and pre-fab food manufacturers use it because it is cheap and durable. but it does not have any taste in itself just like normal maize oil - doesnt really taste anything. but then cooking oil is a type of trans fat ((partially) hardened oil). the oil straight from the plant might even be good but it is chemically treated. there has been alarm reports saying there are residues of benzene in normal cooking oil.

the portuguese brand Fula (means ugly in Swedish) are making commercials for their new oil. same bottle but more durable oil. I wonder if they have made it 100% trans fat? then it is truly ugly...

are there any regulations on limits on trans fats in the UK? as mentioned in the text Denmark might be in problem with the EU because they have imposed 2% limits of trans fats.

At December 06, 2006, Blogger AEnima said...

I really don't know johan, that's why I asked you :) I will try to check it out as soon as I find some time to devote to it :)

In the TV doc, I didn't see the whole story, I got only the last half of the program, so I don't really know what motivated that guy to check the restaurants undercover.

Hugs and kisses for you and nocas (i miss her!!!)


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