Happy Weekend! 

Had ten tons of fun shooting an episode of CUNY TV’s show, “Simply Science” with hysterical host & comedy veteran, Barry Mitchell last month.⠀

We covered the huge success of New York City’s restaurant ban on trans fats. Watch the segment here. It is a huge win for the Big Apple!

A study came out recently in the AJCN showing that New Yorkers’ blood levels of trans fatty acids have declined by more than 60% since the restaurant ban was initiated 13 years ago. Isn’t that fantastic? ⠀

It’s especially great for New Yorkers who were at a disadvantage when the FDA banned trans fats from packaged foods nationally, because, I mean, does anyone love to eat out as much as we do?

Other cities in NY State without a similar restaurant policy have had higher incidences of hospitalizations from heart attack and stroke.

Lower trans fat intakes = healthier hearts, which is a huge win for public policy! ⠀

Here’s something you should know though about trans fats – there are still some lurking around in packaged foods. This is because according to current labeling laws, manufacturers can say that a product has 0 grams of trans fats even if it contains .5 grams or less per serving.⠀

Unfortunately, even a little bit is not good. Even 2% of calories from trans fats in the diet (roughly 40 calories worth!) have been shown to increase the risk of coronary heart disease by 23%.⠀ 

Here’s what to do about it:⠀

  • Check the ingredients list on the food label. If you see “partially hydrogenated oil” (another name for trans fat) then choose another product⠀

Do you find yourself missing trans fats in the food supply? In which foods? Comment below!

 

Cheers and warmest wishes for good health,

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