Leave Trans Fat Alone?

Trans fat is a reoccurring topic on DiseaseProof, and lately the proposed New York City ban is garnering trans fat extra attention. Some people, like New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, are in favor of the ban and others, such as the Center for Consumer Freedom, don’t like the idea of a “food police.” Lisa L. Colangelo of The New York Daily News reports the group is funding an ad campaign to encourage leaving trans fat alone:
The Washington-based Center for Consumer Freedom is spending $125,000 to put the commercial in heavy rotation this week on CNN and the Fox News Channel.


Sarah Longwell from the center said the spot shows food being snapped from consumers' hands because "that is exactly what the New York City Board of Health proposes to do."
Colangelo explains many New York officials and restaurant owners are in favor of the ban. Health Commissioner Thomas Frieden likened the ban on trans fat to the city’s ban of lead paint. What do you think? Given all we know about the ills of trans fat, should it stay or go?


To help you make up your mind, check out these previous posts on trans fat:
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Jackie Danicki - October 3, 2006 7:59 PM

I think the decision of whether or not trans-fats should be consumed needs to remain with every individual, not the government. Apart from the issue of personal freedom, do you really want politicians legislating what's in your cupboards?

Helena - October 4, 2006 4:06 AM

I think trans fat should go, obviously, but I am not sure a ban will accomplish major health benefits. I think the dangers of transfat are grossly overrated. Sure, the stuff is evil, but trans fat free french fries are still evil. I crinch every time I see those "heart healthy" fries advertised around here and I am not even sure that soybean oil fried fries are that much healthier than trans fatty fries. In the end, I really do not think it matters much.

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