New Yorkers: Join Us Mon., Oct. 30 To Kick Trans Fats Out of New York Restaurants
Posted Dec 18 2008 8:12pm
New Yorkers: Join Us Mon., Oct. 30 To Give Trans Fats The Boot!
Unless you've been hiding out in a cave lately, you've probably heard about the horrific dangers of trans fats -- partially hydrogenated vegetable oils found in processed cookies, cakes, crackers, breads, doughnuts, and deep-fried French fries, etc.-- which can lead to an increased risk of coronary heart disease.
Although in January this year, the FDA began requiring that all manufacturers label those potentially hazardous fats, eateries nationwide have been continuing to use the potentially deadly fat.
Now, nutrition-minded people who live or work in New York have a golden opportunity for their voices to be heard and to help influence lawmakers so that trans fats will be given the boot from Manhattan restaurants.
On Monday, October 30, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (at 125 Worth Street, 2nd Floor, near City Hall), the New York City Board of Health's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is holding public hearings to consider a groundbreaking proposal (81.08) to strictly limit this man-made, toxic substance from restaurants.
That same day, from noon to 2 p.m., join hundreeds of us when we show support for the proposal by attending a public outdoor event rally sponsored by Trans Fat Free NYC at Thomas Paine Park directly across from the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. The goal is to show politicians that there's a tremendous amount of support for this ban-trans-fat proposal.
If New York restaurants stop using trans fats, it will become the second city in the U.S. to do so, following the lead of the much vastly smaller city of Tiburon, in northern California, which now works with restaurant owners and managers in the area's 18 restaurants to avoid trans fats in cooking oil or frying.
The New York City rally sounds like not only fun but educational. Speakers include:
Walter Willett, M.D., Ph.D., chairman of the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health (Dr. Willett’s research has been influential in providing pivotal scientific information about the dangers of trans fats.)