health advocacy group Center for Science in the Public Interest issued a press
release May 16 announcing that it filed a lawsuit against Burger King because
it is the only leading restaurant chain that had not yet committed to
eliminating trans fats from its menu. Indeed, media have been reporting on trans fat bans on a
regular basis. This week, Applebees, Hooters and Starbucks all announced their
plans to remove trans fat from the foods they serve, according to various media
These developments would be applauded by Sheri Zidenberg-Cherr and Anna Jones, editors of Nutrition Perspectives, a bimonthly newsletter from the UC Davis Department of Nutrition. (Back issues are online. Current issues are only available to subscribers in hard copy form.) An article in the March/April 2007 edition provides objective, scientific information about trans fatty acids and their effect on cardiovascular disease risk. In short, the article says people should not eat trans fat and they should not substitute unhealthy saturated fat for the trans fat in their diets.
The article, written by Jones, debunks common
concerns about trans fatty acid bans. "The main concerns are that a
decrease in (trans fatty acids) content in foods would result in a rise in
saturated fat consumption as well as a rise in cost and decrease in
palatability and availability of foods," Jones wrote in the article.