July 25, 2008

Sacramento tells me what I can and can't eat

A big thank you is in order to Nanny Schwarzenegger and all his Democrat pals in the Legislature for saving me from my stupid, stupid self!

California, a national trendsetter in all matters edible, became the first state to ban trans fats in restaurants when Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill Friday to phase out their use over the next few years.

Under the new law, the fats must be excised from restaurant products beginning in 2010, and from all retail baked goods by 2011. Packaged manufactured foods will be exempt.
Thank God! I mean, I might choose to buy some of that stuff, and that would be wrong.
In recent years trans-fats have become almost the new cigarettes among public health policy makers, with consumer behavior as much in the crosshairs as the product itself in governments’ attempt to curb harmful effects.

“I think the potential here is real for a far greater understanding of the harms of trans-fats,” said Dr. Clyde Yancy, the incoming president of the American Heart Association. “And to encourage more states to do the same.”

Yep. Let's have all the states ban the icky, icky stuff. Next, maybe they can go after booze. Hell, let's just legislate the joy out of all our lives. We'd be safer that way. Healthier, too.

Remember, it's For Your Own Good.


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