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by Dr.Diet, Diet.com's Medical Director

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New York City has become the first city to ban the use of trans fats in restaurants. In addition, fast food restaurant and major chains will be required to list calorie information at the point of purchase â€" on the menu. Restaurant industry representatives called the ban “burdensome and unnecessary.”

New York City passes trans fat ban
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Dr. Diet weighs in:

I think it’s a heart healthy and positive move that New York restaurants will stop using artificial trans fats (that have been shown to decrease good HDL cholesterol and increase bad LDL cholesterol) and will be listing calorie information at the point of purchase.

I would have preferred, however, if these changes didn’t have to be legislated.

And yet, with legislation, the food industry is getting the message loud and clear that improving the nutritional content of the foods they serve needs to be a higher priority.

I’ve always said that battling the obesity epidemic will require cooperation of many different industries such as health care, government, food and schools, but I didn’t envision our court system becoming such a big player.

Maybe it’s time for the restaurant industry and health officials to gather around the same table and develop new ways to encourage healthier eating without having to resort to legislation.

Ideas such as offering more appropriate and healthy serving sizes along with price incentives for choosing healthier fare should be top on their priority list.

@ 7:22pm ET on December 11, 2006
That is wonderful! I think it would be great if Pennsylvania would make that happen. I just blogged about my frustration at the Texas Roadhouse for not having nutritional information available online.

@ 10:02am ET on December 12, 2006
The more consumers demand nutritional information on restaurant menu items, the more restaurants will understand how important this is to everyone. Contacting the restaurant directly is probably a good idea.

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