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Originally published October 23 2006

New Yorkers: Join Us Mon., Oct. 30 To Kick Trans Fats Out of New York Restaurants

by Connie Bennett

Unless you've been hiding out in a cave lately, you've probably heard about the horrific dangers of trans fats -- partially hydrogenated vegetable oils found in processed cookies, cakes, crackers, breads, doughnuts, and deep-fried French fries, etc.-- which can lead to an increased risk of coronary heart disease.

In fact, Harvard researchers believe that just getting rid of trans fats could prevent between 30,000 to 100,000 premature deaths annually, as they reported in the New England Journal of Medicine earlier this year.

Although in January this year, the FDA began requiring that all manufacturers label those potentially hazardous fats, eateries nationwide have been continuing to use the potentially deadly fat.

Now, nutrition-minded people who live or work in New York have a golden opportunity for their voices to be heard and to help influence lawmakers so that trans fats will be given the boot from Manhattan restaurants.

On Monday, October 30, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (at 125 Worth Street, 2nd Floor, near City Hall), the New York City Board of Health's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is holding public hearings to consider a Trans Fat Free NYC at Thomas Paine Park directly across from the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. The goal is to show politicians that there's a tremendous amount of support for this ban-trans-fat proposal.

If New York restaurants stop using trans fats, it will become the second city in the U.S. to do so, following the lead of the much vastly smaller city of Tiburon, in northern California, which now works with restaurant owners and managers in the area's 18 restaurants to avoid trans fats in cooking oil or frying.

The New York City rally sounds like not only fun but educational. Speakers include:

Trans Fat Free NYC also will present:

Meanwhile, is urging New Yorkers to send e-mails to regarding Proposal 81.08 directly to Rena Bryant, Secretary of the NYC Board of Health.

For more information, check out

If you can't make the rally, then you can quickly fill out a petition to limit trans fats in New York City restaurants. It only takes a minute, and you could be helping to save hundreds of lives. And click here if you'd like to get involved in the movement.


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