Local Restaurants Losing Trans Fats

By Lindsey Nesselbush

July 22, 2010 Updated Jan 25, 2008 at 7:28 PM EDT

Could your favorite local restaurant promise a healthier menu?

The Broome County Health Department is asking more than 700 area restaurants to stop using trans fats.

It's sending out surveys to restaurants to see how many use trans fats in their meals.

Trans fats are often found in cooking oils and frozen food.

And, can lead to a risk of heart disease.

"The impact on the human body, however, from this item is that it really depresses good cholesterol and elevates bad cholesterol," says Broome Public Health Director Claudia Edwards.

Edwards says more than 6 hundred people die of heart disease in Broome County each year.

The Health Department says several local eateries have already reported they're no longer using trans fats.

Those restaurants will be posted the Health Department's website which you can link at gobroomecounty.com.

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