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And, as I predicted....They're after your fat!!!

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posted on Sep, 27 2006 @ 05:21 AM
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NYC Mulls Ban on Trans Fats in Eateries

By DAVID B. CARUSO
Associated Press Writer

NEW YORK (AP) -- Three years after the city banned smoking in restaurants, health officials are talking about prohibiting something they say is almost as bad: artificial trans fatty acids.

The city health department unveiled a proposal Tuesday that would bar cooks at any of the city's 24,600 food service establishments from using ingredients that contain the artery-clogging substance, commonly listed on food labels as partially hydrogenated oil.

Artificial trans fats are found in some shortenings, margarine and frying oils and turn up in foods from pie crusts to french fries to doughnuts.

Doctors agree that trans fats are unhealthy in nearly any amount, but a spokesman for the restaurant industry said he was stunned the city would seek to ban a legal ingredient found in millions of American kitchens.

"Labeling is one thing, but when they totally ban a product, it goes well beyond what we think is prudent and acceptable," said Chuck Hunt, executive vice president of the city's chapter of the New York State Restaurant Association.

He said the proposal could create havoc: Cooks would be forced to discard old recipes and scrutinize every ingredient in their pantry. A restaurant could face a fine if an inspector finds the wrong type of vegetable shortening on its shelves.

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dependancy=servitude!! when the cost of healthcare is so high that a large portion of the population is depending on another (either health insurance company or government) to pay the bills.....the next logical conclusion is that those paying the tab should have a say as to what you may and man not eat!!!

another logical conclusion.....NY City doesn't want any resturants, matter of fact, NY State doesn't want any residents anyways, so well, what do they need resturants for?

[edit on 27-9-2006 by dawnstar]




posted on Sep, 27 2006 @ 10:27 AM
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I have two views on this issue:

1. Fantastic! Finally there are people amongst us that actually "care" about our health, or lack there of, and are willing to go to extremes to get us healthier. (Since apparantly, educating us isn't really working.)

and

2. This is a great experiment of control. Hmmm, let's see what happens if we take away this......



posted on Sep, 27 2006 @ 11:15 AM
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I'm torn on this article. I am never one for a nanny government telling us what we can and can't eat, however transfats are bad for us and it certainly won't hurt to curtail it's use.

The representative says he can understand labeling, but doesn't agree with the ban. Well, how often have you ever looked at a menu that had ingredient labels? How do we know what they're putting in their food? But then, why stop there? Why not ban MSG or genetically altered food? Why not require all restaurants to go organic? I'm sure the pesticides used on their veggies can cause cancer too!

And really, how are they going to police this law? They can't even keep up with all of the real health issues like cockroaches, rats, e-coli, unwashed hands, broken freezers, etc. Now they're saying they have the staff to police food labels?

This is just yet another example of a useless law made to make our nanny government feel better about themselves when they could better use our tax dollars to go out there and do their jobs the way they are supposed to.



posted on Sep, 27 2006 @ 11:20 AM
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I'd LOVE to see the day when they say to, oh, I don't know, maybe Proctor & Gamble, "you can't put transfats in your products anymore".

Don't anybody hold your breath.



posted on Sep, 27 2006 @ 11:23 AM
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Pampers, Tide, Bounty, Folgers, Iams, and Clairol. Need I say more



posted on Sep, 27 2006 @ 11:39 AM
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Yes, I was a bit confused by the Proctor & Gamble response also. Maybe you're thinking of another big, bad corporation? I also don't think they were talking about food corporations not using transfats - they're talking about restaurants and food services being banned from using them, which makes sense. Like I commented before, you don't know what they are putting in your food.

Food corporations shouldn't be banned at all in my personal opinion. We are all (or for the most part) productive human beings and are able to read food labels on cans and boxes. If you don't want to eat products with transfats, then don't buy them. If enough of us stop buying their products they will be forced to change their production habits.



posted on Sep, 27 2006 @ 06:26 PM
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Well proctor & gamble are makers of many snacks like springles and deli foods that are very hight on trans fat.

Even when they have their own healthy type.



posted on Sep, 27 2006 @ 06:33 PM
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like tobacco, if transfats are so dangerous that they need to be addresses legally, well, they need to be banned outright.....so, well, if the resturants shouldn't be selling foods with it in them, no food producer should be selling products with them in it. otherwise, leave the poor resturants alone. why just target one industry?



posted on Sep, 27 2006 @ 06:51 PM
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I don't see what the big deal is, so restaurants and those kind of places
can't have transfat in their food, if you really want to be unhealthy and
consume transfats, than make your won food with them at home.

I mean it's not like the governments coming into our homes and telling
us what we can and can't eat.


If a measure like this was put to vote where I live, I'd vote for it.



posted on Sep, 27 2006 @ 06:55 PM
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Some of you dont find it peculiar that there's so much "worry" about our health?

I beg to differ. I dont see why the government should care if you're fat or not or what you eat.
They'd love to do away with most of us, anyway.

IMO, this government is involved in too many things!



posted on Sep, 27 2006 @ 07:33 PM
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Originally posted by iori_komei
I don't see what the big deal is, so restaurants and those kind of places
can't have transfat in their food, if you really want to be unhealthy and
consume transfats, than make your won food with them at home.

I mean it's not like the governments coming into our homes and telling
us what we can and can't eat.


If a measure like this was put to vote where I live, I'd vote for it.


Why?? I'm seriously curious about this, why would you support such a law?


Originally posted by dgtempe
Some of you dont find it peculiar that there's so much "worry" about our health?

I beg to differ. I dont see why the government should care if you're fat or not or what you eat.
They'd love to do away with most of us, anyway.

IMO, this government is involved in too many things!


I can see why the government would care about your lifestyle. Between them and their buddies, the health insurance companies, they are dishing out alot of money to treat the illnesses your lifestyles have caused. I don't like it, I think it's the beginning of any illlusion of freedom we have fading away. but I will still contend that the person who foots the bill for you has a say in how you incur the expense!

[edit on 27-9-2006 by dawnstar]



posted on Sep, 27 2006 @ 08:24 PM
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Originally posted by dawnstar
Why?? I'm seriously curious about this, why would you support such a law?


Because it would help make people healthier, and it only applies to restaurants.



posted on Sep, 27 2006 @ 08:29 PM
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how often do you go out to resturants? seems to me, that once or twice a week modification in your diet ain't gonna be making much difference if your loading up on crap at home.

and considering that lack of health insurance/healthcare is a leading cause of death in this country....seems to me that we, the people would be better served as far as making people healthier if they government got off their butts and did their jobs and tried to do something with that system, instead of trying to control us!

[edit on 27-9-2006 by dawnstar]



posted on Sep, 27 2006 @ 08:32 PM
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I think some of us resent so much interference by the government all the time.

What if tomorrow "they" decided that coffee should be done away with and took out all the coffee shoppes?

One thing leads to another and another lately.



posted on Oct, 10 2006 @ 03:51 PM
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No way! They're not getting my coffee! They'll have to pry it out of my cold, dead hands.



posted on Oct, 10 2006 @ 03:57 PM
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Originally posted by dgtempe
Some of you dont find it peculiar that there's so much "worry" about our health?

I beg to differ. I dont see why the government should care if you're fat or not or what you eat.
They'd love to do away with most of us, anyway.

IMO, this government is involved in too many things!


DG, I agree the govt is too involved in our lives and choices, but why do you think the govt wants to do away with most of us? And I dont mean what evidence makes you think this, I'm wondering what the govt would have to gain?



posted on Oct, 10 2006 @ 05:30 PM
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Theres a lot of silly rhetoric out there about this.

First, they're not trying to take away your ice cream and hot dogs.

They're talking about eliminating a chemical additive that is produced in the lab (trans fats). They're not saying you can't eat fried food.

Trans-fats do not make food taste better. Trans-fats were invented because they needed a more stable at room temperature. They tend to not melt.

Understand?

They were invented so that you could store fats at higher temperatures and not have them melt. Some peopel felt that they were also more healthy than some natural fats, but that was an error.


Trans-fats are a major contributor to heart disease. In New York City, where this ban on use in restaurants is being proposed, heart disease is the number one cause of death.

So, agian, lets review:

This chemical doesn't make food taste any better than it already does.
It only exists to make fake butter not melt.
It contributes to the #1 cause of death in the city.




You can still eat as unhealthily as you want, but when you order french fries at Mcdonalds or a regular restaurant, when they fry it, the oil isn't allowed to contain trans-fats (which, again, are a laboratory chemical additive that contributes to the #1 cause of death in the city).


There is absolutely no arguement for not eliminating it from restaurants, short of saying that the government isn't permited to do outlaw anything, like crack-coc aine.



posted on Oct, 10 2006 @ 07:06 PM
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My body needs fat , as it burns it very fast. According to my wife that will make American apple pie illegal as it is made up om those fatty sunstances,. I have a condition that my body needs these fatty foods for survival.



posted on Oct, 11 2006 @ 02:00 PM
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No one's body needs trans-fats for survival. Trans-fats aren't 'normal' fats.

And no, this does not mean that they will take away your apple pie. It means when you go to a restaurant, they won't make it with trans-fats, they'll use regular fats instead, it will still taste just as good. AND, when you go to the supermarket or store to buy apple pie, it can still have transfats. These cities (at least NYC) are only talking about what is being made and produced inside of their restaurants.

So instead of ordering shipments of vats of trans-fats from chemical plants, they will order regular fats.



posted on Oct, 11 2006 @ 03:06 PM
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so, let's see, factories and stores can still use the transfats and sell you the goods....and sell them to resturants if the resturants want to buy them...
but, the resturants cann't us them in their food preparation, or use anything the factories or stores have added them to....

how often do people go to a resturant? once a week? twice, maybe three times?? most of the food that is eaten is in the home...so just how effective will this be in making anyone healthier? I don't think it's that much. it would seem that making the factories and stores eliminate it from their products would be much more effective, wouldn't it? it will hurt the resturant business with very little benefit whatsoever.



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