Friday, December 08, 2006
***************The Faces of (Self) Man-Made Trans Fat
How people are reacting to the future abolishment of Trans Fat:
By July, New Yorkers will no longer be exposed to manmade, trans fats in the food they get in their restaurants.
"We haven't found a difference in the taste or quality," said Steve Dorey, Spectrum's Chef Manager.
At Brann's Steakhouse and Grill, trans fat oil is still being used, but they're experimenting with an alternative at their Cascade Township location.
"We see the food maybe taste better," said owner Tommy Brann. "It does cost more, so we have to weigh the pros and cons."
Supporters of New York's trans fat ban hope it will eventually sweep the entire restaurant industry.
But is another ban on something that's bad for us the answer? That depends on who you ask.
Chris Green, as he sat down to a grilled chicken wrap and rice lunch Wednesday afternoon. "I think people should have a choice of eating what they want to eat," he said. "But I think it's a great idea and hopefully it sparks a country-wide thing."
Brann, though, questions just how far government should go in attempts to keep the rest of us healthy.
"If they go too far with it, what are they gonna have? Broccoli and fruit restaurants? Nobody's gonna want to go out to eat."
Food Lobbyists React:
On Tuesday, the city's Board of Health voted to ban trans fats from all city eateries and require some of them to post calorie information on their menu boards.
"If anyone looks at what they are asking, it is impossible to comply with any degree of lucidity," said Richard Lipsky of the Neighborhood Retail Alliance. "There's no evidence this will have an impact on consumer behavior."
But restaurant owners won't get any help from Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Queens), who has been working with the Health Department on a bill to ban trans fat.
"My legislation will legally strengthen what the board did and will send a stronger message that New York is firing the first salvo in a nationwide war against these poisons," Vallone said.
Meanwhile, Assemblyman Felix Ortiz (D-Brooklyn) said the city Board of Health's action will make it easier to get statewide public health initiatives such as a trans fat ban.
Ortiz said he will also renew his fight for legislation that would require restaurants to list the ingredients used in preparing meals.
"There is going to be an economic burden on businesses," said Scott Wexler of the Empire State Restaurant & Tavern Association.
THE ANSWER IS ELIMINATING TRANS FAT AND INSTEAD USING MORE ... CHEMICALS !:
I'm sure the 30-plus chemical names listed on a can of infant formula, which make it sound like some combustible science experiment, in fact are great for baby, no matter what still more nuts on the Internet claim. Not to mention the breast-feeding nuts. For the children's sake we must hope they're all nuts, every single one.
Diet Coke: Caramel color, phosphoric acid, potassium benzoate, citric acid, caffeine and phenylalanine, an essential amino acid found in aspartame, which makes Coke taste sweet. Among aspartame's byproducts are methanol and formaldehyde, which some nuts on the Internet claim will kill you. At least I hope they're nuts.
Kids' treat Kool-Aid: citric acid, calcium phosphate, acesulfame potassium, sucralose and artificial color red #40, which other nuts on the Internet rail against.
Another kid's treat, St. Nick's Deluxe Christmas cookies: Have you bought your batch this year? They're chock-a-block with artificial colors #5 and #6 yellow, #3 and #40 red, #2 blue; and then sulfur dioxide, sodium benzoate, vegetable shortening, artificial flavors to go with the artificial colors, sugar, sugar, sugar! And carnauba wax.
Culver's Marketing Vice President Chris Contino. "And for our franchise partners there's an additional cost of bringing in the oils that probably sets them up another 20 percent higher than what they're used to."
But think how much healthier we'll all be, all at the insistence of Gestapo-like tactics from the Anti-Trans Fat Socialist Nanny Police State!
or "Second hand blogging affects the health of those around you."
It's only a matter of time, right?
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