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Five years ago, the use of trans fats in NYC restaurants was banned, in an aim to make the city healthier. Now it seems that decision has had a positive impact on the overall consumption of trans fats by New Yorkers.
According to an article on CNN.com, "In 2007, the New York City Board of Health, spurred on by the administration of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, adopted a regulation that forced restaurants to all but eliminate the use of partially hydrogenated vegetable oils and spreads, the main sources of trans fats in the U.S. diet."
Recent research indicates that when it comes to trans fats consumed at fast food restaurants, folks are consuming about 1/6 of the amount they used to at each meal - down to .5g, from 3g five years ago. That's huge - especially considering how many of our meals are eaten outside of the home nowadays.
This is the first study looking at the effects that such trans fat restrictions are having on public health. It could mean big improvements in the lives on New Yorkers - but could have much further-reaching effects, as similar restrictions are put in place in other areas of the country.
We encourage you to read the full article here: NYC Fat Ban Paying Off
What do you think of trans fat bans? Does your opinion change or remain the same, after hearing some of the positive effects of the ban? Sound off below!