Gallery: New Study Finds NYC’s Trans-Fat Ban to Be a Huge Success

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Years before Mayor Bloomberg proposed his hotly debated ban on sugary drinks sized over 16 ounces, he outlawed another treacherous health hazard in NYC: trans fats in restaurant meals. In 2007, he convinced the New York City Board of Health to ban the sale of any food with trans fats exceeding 0.5 grams per serving. Now, a city-funded analysis of thousands of fast-food meal receipts collected from NYC residents has found that before the ban, the average meal contained an average of 2.9 grams of fat. But a similar analysis done in 2009, after the ban, found that average to have dropped significantly, to only 0.5 grams — an amount the FDA considers negligible.

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