New York’s Ban on Trans-fat Makes for Healthier Fast Food

Published on August 22, 2012

Updated on February 13, 2018

Could fast food become a little healthier? Turns out New York’s ban on trans-fat is lowering consumption of the fat linked to heart disease.

In 2007, the New York City Board of Health adopted a regulation that forced restaurants to reduce the use of artificial trans-fat to no more than 0.5 grams per serving. They then conducted research before and after the ban that verified the health benefits of reducing trans-fat in restaurants.

Researchers found the amount of trans-fat in each lunch sold dropped by an average of 2.4 grams after the ban. Hamburger shops had the biggest drop with 3.8 grams, followed by Mexican food and fried chicken chains.

Although fast food isn’t the healthiest choice, the regulation implemented in New York and imitated throughout the country seeks to lower consumer risks associated with heart disease. The Federal Drug Administration hopes to finalize national regulations that would also make these restaurants a little healthier. Read the full Medical News Today Article

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