United States bans artery-clogging trans fat

   |  Updated: November 08, 2013 13:56 IST

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United States bans artery-clogging trans fat
News that the Food and Drug Administration will phase out artificial trans fats from foodstuffs nationwide is another win for a public health strategy pioneered by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

The fats were everywhere when Bloomberg got them banned from restaurant food in his city in 2006. Back then, if you bought a doughnut or a bucket of fried chicken, chances are it was loaded with the artery-clogging stuff.

But that began to change in the months after city health officials decreed that trans fats were too dangerous for public consumption. Fast food giants swapped cooking oils. Bakeries found alternative types of shortening. Even Crisco got a new formula.

CommentsThe city's current health commissioner says all those measures show that innovation in public health can happen locally.

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