• Trans fat ban made fast food a bit healthier in NY
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[URL]http://news.yahoo.com/trans-fat-ban-made-fast-food-bit-healthier-211653648.html[/URL] [QUOTE]WASHINGTON (AP) — Turns out it's possible to make a fast-food lunch a bit healthier even without skipping the fries. New York City now has hard evidence that its ban on trans fat in restaurant food made a meaningful dent in people's consumption of the artery clogger and wasn't just replaced with another bad fat. The findings being published Tuesday have implications beyond heart health, suggesting another strategy to curb the nation's obesity epidemic fueled by a high-calorie, super-sized environment. Consider: Americans get more than a third of their daily calories from foods prepared outside the home. By year's end, the Food and Drug Administration hopes to finalize long-awaited rules that would make many restaurant chains post the calorie counts of their products right on the menu. Maybe the guilt would make you forego the french fries for a salad. Maybe not. Now contrast New York's trans-fat ban — later copied by more than a dozen other state and local governments — which didn't put all the onus on the consumer to do the right thing. "By making the default option the healthier choice," everyone benefits regardless of their nutritionawareness or willpower, Alice Lichtenstein, a nutrition specialist at Tufts University, wrote in a commentary on the research. "The regulation may serve as a model for future successful public health initiatives." There are good fats and bad fats. Trans fat is widely considered the worst kind for your heart, gram-for-gram more harmful than its better known cousin, saturated fat. Small amounts occur naturally in some meat and dairy products. But much of the trans fat we eat is artificially produced, by hardening liquid oils so they can be used for baking or a longer shelf life. In 2006, the federal government began requiring that packaged foods list the amount of trans fat contained per serving, a boon for grocery shoppers who could finally tell which processed foods were more or less heart-healthy. But restaurant fare remained a mystery. So New York City issued a first-of-its-kind rule restricting artificial trans fat in restaurants, forcing them to alter recipes so that foods contained no more than 0.5 grams per serving. The change affected customers beyond New York as big chains like McDonald's wound up cutting the fat system-wide. The latest study by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene shows the effect. Researchers surveyed customers and collected receipts for nearly 15,000 lunchtime purchases at fast-food chains around the city in 2007 and 2009, before and after the ban was in place. The amount of trans fat in each lunch sold dropped an average of 2.4 grams after the ban, researchers report in Tuesday's edition of Annals of Internal Medicine. The biggest drop, 3.8 grams, occurred in hamburger chains, followed by Mexican food and fried chicken chains. No one's saying that turned junk food into health food. But for people who eat fast food regularly, it's a significant reduction in heart risk, said Margo Wootan, director of nutrition policy at the advocacy group Center for Science in the Public Interest. The American Heart Association has long recommended that people limit trans fat to less than 2 grams a day. The newest government dietary guidelines urge people to eat as little trans fat as possible. Moreover, the study also suggests that restaurants didn't just swap out one bad ingredient for another as some nutritionists had feared. It found only a small increase in saturated fat, mostly in sandwich chains. That's at least partly due to those customers buying meals with a lot more calories in 2009 than before, said study co-author Christine Curtis. That time period saw Subway's introduction of $5 foot-long subs. Overall, Americans' trans fat consumption has dropped by more than half over the last decade, thanks to the combination of nationwide food-labeling and community restaurant restrictions, according to an update published in the Journal of the American Medical Association this month. Still, 10 percent of children and adults consume more than 2.6 grams of industrially produced trans fats a day — not counting the natural type, said that review by researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Those people tend to consume certain brands of frozen pizza, frozen desserts, microwave popcorn and chips that still pack in the trans fat. The trans-fat evolution shows that "no one policy is going to be the cure-all" for nutrition ills, said CSPI's Wootan. She points to the upcoming menu calorie counts. New York City already requires calories to be posted on menus, and a study found only 15 percent of diners ordered healthier foods. But those who did cut 100 calories per meal, which adds up fast, Wootan noted. And peer pressure should make restaurants revamp recipes to cut calories, just like posting trans fat on grocery food labels pushed manufacturers to improve those offerings, she added. Stay tuned on the calorie front: The FDA's menu-labeling rules were expected months ago. There's been a lobbying fight over whether they should include how many calories are in alcoholic drinks or in foods sold in places like movie theaters, where a tub of popcorn can total half your day's allotment. But Wootan would like to see additional options that make the lower-calorie choice the default. Why shouldn't the fast-food meal-deal come with fruit, so you have to order the fries separately if you really want them? "Right now the automatic choice, the easy choice, is the unhealthy option. If it were turned around, many more people would eat healthfully," she said. [/QUOTE] Good. It's still not good that people feel that they have to eat fast food every day, but at least it is now slightly less deadly for them.
more health regulations on fast food would be good. it's awful to have it as a part of your regular diet, but the US consumes enough fast food burgers to account for a burger for every citizen once a week.
[QUOTE=skynrdfan3;36802024]more health regulations on fast food would be good. it's awful to have it as a part of your regular diet, but the US consumes enough fast food burgers to account for a burger for every citizen once a week.[/QUOTE] only once a week? that's actually a lot less than what i thought it would be
This is going to be a huge helping hand to all the fatties of NY, hopefully for all of America in the near future.
[QUOTE=skynrdfan3;36802024]more health regulations on fast food would be good. it's awful to have it as a part of your regular diet, but the US consumes enough fast food burgers to account for a burger for every citizen once a week.[/QUOTE] I like having some fast food every few weeks. Not gonna lie, I love McDoubles.
Last I had fast food was a week ago, and it was a medium onion rings at burger king I can't stand fast food food. imo I would much prefer cooking shit at home than buying fast food everyday
Let's hope things don't turn out like that episode of King of the Hill.
Canada's fast food tastes like shit because of shit like this but it's probably a good thing
[QUOTE=elitehakor v2;36802604]Last I had fast food was a week ago, and it was a medium onion rings at burger king I can't stand fast food food. imo I would much prefer cooking shit at home than buying fast food everyday[/QUOTE] to avoid fast food, like, once a week, make something in a crock-pot. god damn, you could put socks in one with some corned beef or pork roast or something and it would manage to taste good. shit lasts for a week.
I love fast food, and making it less deadly is always a nice touch.
Why does the government need to implement restrictions on fast food? Why can't you control your own fatass desires and not eat McDonald's everyday?
So because a few people have bad genetics or lack self control you're going to make my food taste like shit. Lets just tax soda .... wait, you already have. Have a video with good facts. (Thanks for whoever posted this first, good series) [media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=drMh0Py6vQk[/media]
Okay, now let us buy >16oz soda in movie theaters and fast food restaurants.
[QUOTE=Pantz76;36803922]Why does the government need to implement restrictions on fast food? Why can't you control your own fatass desires and not eat McDonald's everyday?[/QUOTE] Because it caters to poor people. You can get a McDouble, a small fry, and a small drink (which should be enough to make you not hungry) for 3 bucks.
[QUOTE=FingerSpazem;36803572]Canada's fast food tastes like shit because of shit like this but it's probably a good thing[/QUOTE] trans-fat has nothing to do with taste, it's done for keeping costs low and making food last longer.
I like fast food actually. Then again no one in my house can cook worth two shits so thats probably why.
[QUOTE=Pantz76;36803922]Why does the government need to implement restrictions on fast food? Why can't you control your own fatass desires and not eat McDonald's everyday?[/QUOTE] expert socioeconomic analysis coming from Pantz76 here. [editline]16th July 2012[/editline] [QUOTE=thisispain;36804366]trans-fat has nothing to do with taste, it's done for keeping costs low and making food last longer.[/QUOTE] why are people still not getting this? at this point you need to be willfully ignorant to think this is affecting taste [editline]16th July 2012[/editline] [QUOTE=Forumaster;36804059]Because it caters to poor people. You can get a McDouble, a small fry, and a small drink (which should be enough to make you not hungry) for 3 bucks.[/QUOTE] seriously people need to understand this. when you live in a food desert and work 60 hours a week and raising a kid on your own those fast food meals become a god send in the worst way
[QUOTE=Forumaster;36804059]Because it caters to poor people. You can get a McDouble, a small fry, and a small drink (which should be enough to make you not hungry) for 3 bucks.[/QUOTE] Since when is cheap = catering to the poor?
[QUOTE=Lazor;36804531] why are people still not getting this? at this point you need to be willfully ignorant to think this is affecting taste[/QUOTE] maybe it's because of that one king of the hill episode. [editline]16th July 2012[/editline] [QUOTE=Emperor Scorpious II;36804612]Since when is cheap = catering to the poor?[/QUOTE] so you're asking how making something not cost a lot of money relates to people not having lots of money...
[quote]maybe it's because of that one king of the hill episode.[/quote] i need to find this episode so i can watch it
[QUOTE=FingerSpazem;36803572]Canada's fast food tastes like shit because of shit like this but it's probably a good thing[/QUOTE] wait fuck I was thinking backwards. snip.
Shit, this made me remember of that American Dad episode.
[QUOTE=Lazor;36804762]i need to find this episode so i can watch it[/QUOTE] it's called trans-fascism. [media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IV7mxwQWM-g[/media] it gets pretty preachy
[QUOTE=Pantz76;36803922]Why does the government need to implement restrictions on fast food? Why can't you control your own fatass desires and not eat McDonald's everyday?[/QUOTE] Trans fats are unfit for human consumption.
[QUOTE=SigmaLambda;36805055]Trans fats are unfit for human consumption.[/QUOTE] I feel I should have the right to ingest any substance I want because hey, it's my body not yours.
[QUOTE=Emperor Scorpious II;36805277]I feel I should have the right to ingest any substance I want because hey, it's my body not yours.[/QUOTE] Sorry for anybody actually caring for you. If you use the motto "It's my body, I'll do what I want" you're also being an idiot and making your life possibly shorter.
i feel i should have the right to know that the place where i'm eating isn't going to give me some horrible shit just to save a little money. if you want to eat trans-fat go buy yourself some packaged cream-filling.
[QUOTE=Pantz76;36803922]Why does the government need to implement restrictions on fast food? Why can't you control your own fatass desires and not eat McDonald's everyday?[/QUOTE] I don't think you realize the #1 consumer of fast foods are poor people McDonalds might as well be given the title "Unofficial source of food for poor peple" It's sorta their duty to give them good food, cause why they aren't officially for the poor, they are in practice for the poor
[QUOTE=The First 11'er;36805301]Sorry for anybody actually caring for you. If you use the motto "It's my body, I'll do what I want" you're also being an idiot and making your life possibly shorter.[/QUOTE] I'm an idiot for deciding to make my own life shorter? Aren't I allowed to if I want to? Who are you to decide for me?
[QUOTE=Emperor Scorpious II;36805331]I'm an idiot for deciding to make my own life shorter? Aren't I allowed to if I want to? Who are you to decide for me?[/QUOTE] Yes. Yes you are. But an idiot with satisfied taste buds and a full stomach. And I can totally respect that.
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