For those of you who think the government has no place in regulating the ingredients at restaurants that serve the public, why not take this argument further? Why don't we legalize cocaine, crystal meth or whatever they call it, heroin? After all, it should be our own personal choice right? If anything, I think drugs should be legal before transfat in restaurants is legal. After all, you KNOW you're taking that drug and you know darn well it is bad bad bad for you. So if you want to take it at your own risk, go ahead (though I'm really not advocating this as individuals and society will pay in the form of higher crime and sickly unproductive addicted people). HOWEVER, if almost EVERY restaurant (aside from very high end ones which supposedly dont use transfats) uses transfats, you are relegated to only eating at home if you don't want transfats? Would we allow arsenic in our food if it was a flavor enhancer? after all, a little won't kill you right? NO. So why do we think its OK to allow a fat which is cancer-causing and poisenous, and not even naturally made like saturated fat, into our system. Furthermore, why is it wrong for the government to do what it can to keep its population healthier if the bottom line is that it will cost the government money via medicaid/medicare/emergency room care when the health effects take hold. GO MAYOR MIKE BLOOMBERG for enabling us New Yorkers to eat healthier when we are dining out in our beautiful city!
My former and future me.