Will a ban on trans fats affect New Mexican cuisine?

Created: 11/08/2013 6:23 PM
By: Kim Tobin, KOB Eyewitness News 4

It's no secret that trans fat is bad for a person's heart and health. The FDA recently announced plans to remove trans fat from the shelves of grocery stores and inside restaurants.

Several New Mexican restaurant owners say they're already ahead of the curve.

"We've found that you can cook great New Mexican food without having to have any kind of trans fats or anything like that," said Sadie's owner and executive chef Brian Stafford.

Stafford said they don't use any trans fat, and they rid their restaurant of lard as well. Tortilla chips and sopapillas are cooked in pure canola oil.

"That product is a little more expensive, but we don't mind a little extra cost to make sure that our customers know," Stafford said.

Trans fat is in a lot of margarines, baked treats and chips. The FDA is looking to rid the entire country of trans fats, with medical experts saying it can threaten a person's health.

"In today's day and age, I think it's great that we're moving forward in a new, healthy way," Stafford said.

New York City became the first in the nation to ban trans fats in restaurants. A complete ban in the country wouldn't happen overnight. The FDA is doing research to find out how they plan to move forward.

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