Digital News Report – Several laws took effect in California on January 1st 2010. One law bans trans-fats in restaurants with fines from $25 to $1,000 for a violation. In 2011 trans fats used in deep fried yeast dough and cake batter will be banned as well.
Trans fats are partially hydrogenated oil which have extra hydrogen atoms added, usually by heating and other processes. These non-essential fats do not promote good health and increases the risk for coronary heart disease.
California joins several cities including New York City, Seattle, Philadelphia and parts of Maryland in banning these oils in restaurants. This is the first time a state has banned trans fats.
By: Jason Chang