Bloomberg’s Trans Fat Ban Apparently Worked

On July 24th, the New York City Department of Health will convene a public hearing to determine whether Mayor Michael Bloomberg can get his precious, liberty-stealing, fructose-depleting citywide soda ban. But a new study released by the City shows that Bloomberg’s last Nanny State Action — the elimination of trans fats from all NYC restaurants — actually led to the decrease of unhealthy fats in food overall.

Back in 2007, most of the ban’s opponents worried that the elimination of trans fats would lead to restaurants compensating by using other Bad Fats, such as saturated fats. But CNN reports that the study, which focused exclusively on large chains like Pizza Hut, McDonald’s, and Subway, shows that the presence of partially hydrogenated oils (which is where trans fats come from, natch) fell between 2007 and 2009. In fact, the average trans fat content of NYC food fell from 3 grams to an FDA-approved negligible 0.5 grams. Dang!

The best part of the ban, according to study coauthor Christine Curtis, was that “for consumers, the transition was seamless. Most New Yorkers didn’t even notice. And now we know that it has really made a difference.”

Tell that to the people protesting Bloomberg for taking away their enormous, bucket-sized cups of soda.

[CNN via New York Magazine]

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