Thursday, December 07, 2006

See, the Slippery Slope Isn't A Myth...

Ha! Now while I'm not enjoying my meal that I can't have a smoke can chew on an apple, tofu or some other healthy form of sustenance...

All you non-smokers should have been up in arms over smoking bans --the city/state/federal government has no right regulating something like that. Now, the first slide on that slippery slope has come about: New York has just banned trans fats from restaurants.

"...New York City banned most artificial trans fats from restaurants on Tuesday, forcing national fast-food chains and mom-and-pop diners alike to phase out artery-clogging oils from their cooking.

The law is believed to be the first of its kind in the United States and will require restaurants including McDonald's Corp. (MCD.N: Quote, Profile , Research) to eliminate trans fats by July 2007.

Restaurants will be given a three-month grace period before facing fines. Those making doughnuts and other baked goods will be given until July 2008 to phase out trans fats, which are made synthetically when food processors harden fat to make it more like butter in a process called hydrogenization.

The process is used to extend product shelf life and enhance the texture of some foods. Trans fats increase the risk of heart disease and stroke by increasing levels of so-called "bad" cholesterol known as LDL, and reducing levels of "good," or HDL, cholesterol.

The restaurant industry opposed the measure as costly, saying it should be allowed to continue voluntary efforts to eliminate trans fats. The industry has threatened to sue...." (source)

One result of the smoking bans was companies using the measures to justify the firing of smoking workers...what now? Firing overweight workers?

I blame this on all the people who said "Good, I hate the smell of smoke" instead of grasping the ramifications of the bans beyond their own olfactory glands... Don't worry fast-food people, I find Mickey D's and the like repulsive and don't touch the stuff, but I'll defend your right to eat it to the death. (And they better not mess with the recipe for Drake's Devil Dogs!!!)

So maybe you don't smoke, and maybe you're not a fast food junkie ...but what's next?

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