Citing growing evidence that trans fats are contributing to heart attacks, health officials in New York and Chicago want restaurants to remove trans fats from their menu offerings.
Trans fats raise "bad" (LDL) cholesterol, while simultaneously lowering "good" (HDL) cholesterol.
The U.S. National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine has stated that the optimal intake of trans fats is zero. Trans fats have already been de facto banned in Denmark, and Canada may soon do so as well.Leading nutrition researchers estimate that if trans fats were removed from the American diet, as many as 228,000 heart attacks could be prevented each year. As much as one-third to one-half of trans fats consumption takes place in restaurants.