Restaurants React To Trans Fats Ban

By WBNG News

July 22, 2010 Updated Dec 19, 2009 at 8:01 PM EDT

Town of Union, NY (WBNG Binghamton) - The way local eateries cook your favorite meal, could soon change.

County lawmakers have passed a trans-fat ban.

Action News Reporter Natalie Jenereski talked with restaurants to see how it could affect the way they do business.

Trans fats: they can occur in small amounts in nature.

But they mostly come from hydrogenated oils, which are used to fry foods that Americans eagerly consume.

"Things that a lot of us like to eat that taste good, they tend to make the foods taste better, and they're not good for the cardio vascular system. They lend towards heart disease and stroke, increase your risk," said Carla Ferraccio, a Registered Nurse in the Lourdes Cardiac Rehab Center.

But soon, trans fats won't be clogging local arteries, thanks to a law that bans their use in Broome County eating establishments.

If going out to eat has always been one of your guilty pleasures, your heart can rest easy.

Many restaurants in Broome County stopped using trans fats in their cooking oils years ago.

"It's been about over a year now that we've made the transition from the no trans fats, so when I saw it, it was no big deal, change for us," said Jimmy Anastos, Owner, Chef & Baker at the Broadway Diner.

Brother 2 Restaurant in the Town of Union made the switch more than 30 years ago.

"We didn't know we were doing anything special. All we knew is that we just eat the stuff we recognized. When we're in Italy we didn't have anything, whatever we ate, we grew. And anything that was in solids we didn't know how they made it, we had no idea how it was made, and we figured they were hiding something in it, so we just didn't use it," said Domenico Fata, Owner of Brothers 2.

"At least you at least have that added insurance that, if you are in a hurry and you're stopping, like myself or my children, you're in a hurry and you're stopping for something to eat, at least you know your trans fat level intake, for your daily intake, isn't going to exceed," said Ferraccio.

A healthy step in the right direction for Broome County.

In the Town of Union, Natalie Jenereski, WBNG-TV Action News.

Broome legislators passed the trans-fat ban Thursday.

The measure is awaiting approval by the state and it's health department.

Before it goes into effect here in Broome County.

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