Trans Fat Headed to Dustbin of History - Omaha, Nebraska - CHI Health

Trans Fat Headed to Dustbin of History

Article Date: Nov 8, 2013

Denny Moran stopped popping corn in trans fats at his Omaha movie the­aters about 10 years ago. "It cost us more money to make the change, but we did it anyway," said Moran, who owns the Dundee Theater and the Westwood Cinema 8.

The theaters used to pop their corn in a partially hydrogenated blend of peanut and coconut oil, but they switched to non-hydro­genated sunflower oil, which is healthier and also safe for people with peanut aller­gies. It costs Moran $5 to $10 more for each box of sunflower oil he buys.

"We have signs that say zero trans fat and zero cholesterol," Moran said. "People still like the taste of it."

More theater owners, restaurateurs and food companies will soon be going the same way. The Food and Drug Administration announced Thursday that it will require the food industry to phase out harmful trans fats, a move that the FDA commissioner, Margaret Hamburg, said could prevent 20,000 heart attacks and 7,000 deaths a year.

Alegent Creighton Health’s operations director of clinical nutrition, Kristyn Lassek, says the elimination of trans fats are a step in the right direction.

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