Many fast food restaurants have been working to remove trans fat from their regular menu items, though it seems clear that the taste and texture we’ve come to expect from deep-fried goodies will suffer. Starbucks is planning to wipe trans fat from their baked goods as well.
More recently I’ve noticed restaurants taking it upon themselves to announce their trans fat state. At Astro on Fletcher on Saturday I noticed a sign at the registered that said they used only corn or canola oil. Yesterday at lunch I also noticed a sign in the window at Luna Park on La Brea announcing similiarly that they use no trans fat in their cooking. (They also seemed to do pretty well with my co-worker’s nut allergy.)
Other cities like New York and Chicago have taken an active role in what can and can’t be served at restaurants. The FDA has also required that anything more than a half a gram of trans fat in a serving must be declared on labels since January of ’06.
Here’s a site all about the campaign to ban trans fats: BanTransFats.com and here’s the first link I found on google in defense of trans fats (actually, it doesn’t defend trans fats, just government limitations of them).