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Trans Fat Ban Starts in California

california bans trans fatIn summer 2008, we told you about a pending ban on trans fats in California. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed legislation banning the use of trans fats in the state’s restaurants. The ban has taken effect as of January 1, 2010.

The new law, passed by the California Legislature in 2008, gave restaurants plenty of time to change their menu items to trans fat-free meals. California has also passed a new law that applies to baked goods. This legislation will take effect on January 1, 2011.

While some people have cynically scoffed at this as government intrusion, I think they really miss the point. People know too little about what goes into their foods. And they are particularly vulnerable when they go out to eat.

“I think the potential here is real for a far greater understanding of the harms of trans fats, and to encourage more states to do the same,” says Dr. Clyde Yancy, incoming president of the American Heart Association regarding the enactment of the California law.

If businesses are adding what essentially is a slow-acting poison to your health, there should be sensible actions taken. Trans fats are linked to a number of health problems like diabetes, heart disease, cardiovascular diseases, and other emerging risks. If you really want government to take a totally hands-off approach, we have already seen what has happened to the weight of our citizens without much intervention.


January 7th, 2010

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There is merit to both sides of the argument, but what I would say to the opposition of the ban is, this isn't equivalent to banning cookies or cheeseburgers. It's not like people are saying, "man, I have a craving for some trans fats today!" It's an ingredient that is not only unnecessary but contributing to the major health crisis in our country. People in California are perfectly free to have their burgers and fries in a trans-fat free world.

posted Jan 13th, 2010 12:56 pm


I agree with WebGoddess, while transfats are clearly bad for you, it should not be up to the state to decide for you.

posted Jan 7th, 2010 9:22 am


I am ALL for this!! Clearly we don't err on the side of the right decision when presented with the choice. I hope more states follow soon. Otherwise we're never goign to regain the health of our country.

posted Jan 7th, 2010 7:34 am


I'm not sure that I really like how California is so quick to prevent people from doing anything unhealthy like banning smoking and trans fat. I'm all for the government spending money to educate people into developing better habits, and I wouldn't be opposed to forcing restraunts to disclose trans fats prominently on menus but I don't like it when the government tries to force people to "do the right thing" through making the "wrong" thing illegal.

posted Jan 7th, 2010 2:58 am


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