California: Hasta La Vista Trans-Fat

Arnold Schwarzenegger, California’s Governator, has signed a law that will effectively ban trans-fat. Jane Black of The Washington Post reports:
"California is a leader in promoting health and nutrition, and I am pleased to continue that tradition by being the first state in the nation to phase out trans fats," Schwarzenegger (R) said.

Trans fatty acids, or trans fats, are commonly found in partially hydrogenated oils, which became popular at fast-food restaurants and bakeries because they have a longer shelf life than other oils.

But a series of studies over the past decade has shown that trans fats can lower "good cholesterol" (high-density lipoproteins) and raise "bad cholesterol" (low-density lipoproteins), which can contribute to heart disease and other ailments.

Researchers at the Harvard University School of Public Health estimate that artificial trans fats cause 50,000 premature heart-attack deaths every year.
No doubt fast food restaurants and makers of 50-year shelf-life cookies are furious—you’ve been terminated!
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