New York’s trans fat ban working out

| 17/07/2012

banned-fries.jpg(LiveScience):  Love it or hate it, the ban on trans fats in New York City restaurants appears to be having the desired effect of lowering unhealthy trans fat and saturated fat consumption there. These first results of an ongoing study conducted by the New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene appear in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine. Fattening the pot for New York City officials was the finding that the positive effects of the ban were widespread across high- and low-income neighborhoods. Although city health officials analyzed only a sliver of the amount of prepared foods served to New Yorkers daily, the study demonstrates how public health campaigns — however viewed as paternalistic and strong-armed — can improve health habits when properly designed and implemented, said Alice Lichtenstein, a nutritionist at Tufts University

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