. Baked goods containing trans fats will be banned in California as of 2011. If a product’s list of ingredients contains the words “partially hydrogenated,” the product contains trans fat, which is used to harden vegetable oils into shortening and margarine to help extend product shelf life. Trans fats lower “good” cholesterol (HDL) and contribute to other health problems.According to the
New England Journal of Medicine
, eliminating artificial trans fats from the food supply “could” prevent between 6 and 19 per cent of heart attacks and related deaths each year. Do you think there’ll be an underground market for trans fat products?San Francisco is ready to become the first city in the nation to ban sales of tobacco products at pharmacies, which last year accounted for almost 20% of U.S. tobacco sales. The logic is that pharmacies are places people go to get healthy, so cigarettes ought not to be on the shelves as they are a known health hazard. Since trans fats are going to be off the supermarket shelves because they’re unhealthy, shouldn’t supermarkets stop selling cigarettes too?I am all for healthy habits. I work hard at eating as healthily as possible, generally ordering fish without sauces in restaurants and salad without dressing. As sauces, gravies, and dressing are very high in calories, perhaps they should be banned from restaurant recipes, or ordered only under a physician’s approval…assuming you already have a very high HDL level.Lastly, restaurants around the country will soon have to post on menus the exact calorie count of a meal. It will blow your mind to see what you
was healthy is actually loaded with hidden calories. There’s a terrific book, called
“Eat This, Not That”
which will make your head explode when you find out where calories are hidden in some of your favorite meals.