Is New York Healthier Now?

In 2006, the New York City Board of Health voted to limit the amount of trans fatty acids (TFAs) served in city restaurants. This included chains, such as McDonald’s and Burger King, as well as independent delis and diners. Upscale restaurants were also affected. The ban went into effect in 2008. TFAs do not occur in nature with the exception of a small amount in butterfat. They are recognized as being bad for heart health, raising LDL (“bad” cholesterol) and lowering HDL (“good” cholesterol). Surveys published recently found that the amount of trans fat in lunches served between 2007-2009 dropped an average of 2.4 grams of trans fatty acids.

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