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Reuters Health reports that a new study from Tufts University shows that the average fast food meal in New York City has gone "from containing nearly three grams of trans fat to just half a gram" in the four years since the city's Department of Health implemented "regulations prohibiting restaurants from serving food that contains partially hydrogenated vegetable oil and has half a gram or more of trans fat per serving."

According to the story, "Based on receipts from 6,969 customers surveyed in 2007, the average fast-food meal purchased that year had 2.9 grams of trans fat. By 2009, that figure was 0.5 grams in a sample of 7,885 customers. The number of meals without any trans fat increased from 32 percent of all purchases before the regulations to 59 percent afterward."
KC's View:
All this means is that fast food joints are obeying the rules. it doesn't mean that people are eating better, or healthier, or less. It doesn't mean that they are getting more exercise, or living longer, healthier lives.

Just that fast food has fewer trans fats. This is a good thing. But let's not be planning a parade.