Last December, the New York City Board of Health unanimously decided to prohibit restaurateurs from cooking with artificial trans fats, a type of fat found in partially hydrogenated vegetable oils.
Could it happen in Oklahoma? Perhaps.
CUTTING IT OUT
Some health-conscious food stores, such as Akin's Natural Foods Market at 2924 N.W. 63rd, do all they can to avoid offering anything with trans fats.
"Everything we have is not hydrogenated or even partially hydrogenated," said Phyllis Nayle, a nutritional produce specialist at Akin's.
At Panera Bread, 1472 S. Bryant in Edmond, Manager Lily Vasileva said that not everything in the store is completely free of trans fats, but "we are working on that."
THE SKINNY ON TRANS FATS
"Trans fats occur naturally, in small quantities, in meat and dairy products," said LaDonna Dunlop, a registered dietitian with the Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension. "However, most trans fats consumed today are industrially created as a side effect of partial hydrogenation of plant oils."
Unfortunately, she said, the fat first started off as a good fat (unsaturated) and then underwent hydrogenation, turning it into a bad fat (saturated), called trans fat.
Examples of foods that may contain trans fat:
" potato chips
Trans fats can increase blood cholesterol levels and the risk of heart disease.
Dunlop recommended that most fats in a person's diet should come from polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fat sources such as:
" vegetable oils