Bill would ban trans fats use in restaurants
March 21, 2009
Artery-clogging oils used in restaurants in Texas could be a thing of the past if legislation an El Paso state lawmaker wrote makes it through the Legislature this session.
Written by Darren Meritz, The El Paso Times
EL PASO -- Artery-clogging oils used in restaurants in Texas could be a thing of the past if legislation an El Paso state lawmaker wrote makes it through the Legislature this session.
Sen. Eliot Shapleigh, D-El Paso, on Friday announced that a bill he authored that bans the use of trans fat in restaurants will be heard in the Senate Health and Human Services Committee in about a month.
"Across Texas, a silent epidemic of obesity is shortening lives, raising health costs and putting more and more Texans at risk," Shapleigh said at L&J's Cafe.
"We have not used trans fats here at L&J's for over eight years," said Leo Duran Sr., the restaurant's co-owner.
"We made the change from a perspective that we wanted to be able to provide a more healthy option to our customers."
Shapleigh touted support from the Texas Restaurant Association and the El Paso Restaurant Association. He also emphasized that statistics from the Department of State Health Services show nearly two-thirds of adults in Texas are overweight or obese.
Shapleigh said advancements in food products now makes more healthful, vegetable-based oils available at about the same cost as saturated fats such as lard.
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