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New York Employee Benefits: NYC’s Trans-Fat Ban Sees Results

New York Employee Benefits: NYC’s Trans-Fat Ban Sees ResultsNew York Employee Benefits: NYC’s Trans-Fat Ban Sees Results

New York has reached national news multiple times for its fight against obesity. Most recently, Mayor Bloomberg banned the sale of large sodas, in an effort to decrease our ever increasing consumption of sugary drinks. This post is brought to you by A.J. Benet New York Employee Benefits program

But how about the trans fat ban? Five years later, does it actually work?

The answer is yes, according to CNN and Med Page Today. In 2006, New York City approved the first ban on trans fats in restaurant chains, and the ban was enacted in 2009. Since then, trans fat content fell on average by 2.4 g., about a 22-calorie drop in trans fat per purchase.

On a total scale of the typical 1,500 daily caloric intake, a 22 calorie decline seems insignificant. However, it is distinctive; estimates have linked 40 daily calories from trans fat with a 23% increased risk of heart disease.

To assess the effects of the trans fat ban, researchers looked at lunch receipts compared to nutritional information and conducted lunchtime surveys with customers at 168 Manhattan, New York fast food chains before and after the legislation was implemented.

The decline in trans fat was greatest at hamburger chains, followed by Mexican food places and fried chicken chains. The number of lunches that contained zero trans fat almost doubled, rising from 32% to 59% after the legislation.

Overall, the trans fat ban seems to have had a significant effect across the city. The public policy initiative is one component of a broader fight against obesity and heart disease.

We can help you implement a wellness program to help foster a culture of healthy living within your company. And, we can provide you with benefit enrollment and support and claims assistance to better communicate your group benefits and streamline the process for your HR staff.

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  • Group Dental
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