Trans Fats No More!

As a native Californian, I’m proud to say that we’ve finally taken the plunge!  As of January 1, 2010 California has banned all restaurants from using trans fats in their cooking – yeah!  You can read the story here for details.  What concerns me, though, is that California is the first STATE to do so.  New York and Philadelphia have done the same, but it’s only a city level, which means citizens in other parts of the state are still exposed to harmful trans fats when they go out to eat….  Doesn’t really make sense to me, but I guess it’s a step in the right direction.

Still, there are those who feel that this is government control.  Personally, I think this is an excellent example of when the government should interfere.  Consider that KFC, Burger King, McDonald’s and Rubios are among those fast food chains that don’t use trans fat in their cooking.  They’ve even conducted internal and external taste tests and no one could tell the difference between the two.   Have you noticed the difference when eating there (I don’t eat fast food so I don’t know).

So if the government wants to take control of a situation that helps my health and it doesn’t make a difference to me (in this case no none could taste the difference) then I say have at it!  My guess is that the reason others haven’t followed suit is that it’s cheaper to use trans fat.  I’ve not heard any evidence of this, but usually when something doesn’t make sense all you have to do is follow the money.

Next up….if we’re lucky it’ll be high fructose corn syrup.


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