New Yorkers: Join Us Mon., Oct. 30 To Kick Trans Fats Out of New York Restaurants

Filed under: In The News — @ October 22, 2006

New Yorkers: Join Us Mon., Oct. 30 To Give Trans Fats The Boot!

Unless you’ve been hiding out in a cave lately, you’ve probably heard about the horrific dangers of trans fats — partially hydrogenated vegetable oils found in processed cookies, cakes, crackers, breads, doughnuts, and deep-fried French fries, etc.– which can lead to an increased risk of coronary heart disease.

In fact, Harvard researchers believe that just getting rid of trans fats could prevent between 30,000 to 100,000 premature deaths annually, as they reported in the New England Journal of Medicine earlier this year.

Although in January this year, the FDA began requiring that all manufacturers label those potentially hazardous fats, eateries nationwide have been continuing to use the potentially deadly fat.

Now, nutrition-minded people who live or work in New York have a golden opportunity for their voices to be heard and to help influence lawmakers so that trans fats will be given the boot from Manhattan restaurants.

On Monday, October 30, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (at 125 Worth Street, 2nd Floor, near City Hall), the New York City Board of Health’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is holding public hearings to consider a groundbreaking proposal (81.08) to strictly limit this man-made, toxic substance from restaurants.

Read more here.

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