School Trans Fats Ban Closer To Approval in CO

By: AP
By: AP

DENVER (AP) -- A proposal to ban trans fats in Colorado school cafeterias and vending machines is closer the enactment.

A House committee approved the trans fats ban Monday on a vote of 8-5. The bill would ban artificial trans fats in most school food by 2013. Many schools have already moved away from artery-clogging trans fats, but the proposal before Colorado lawmakers would make it a state mandate.

Supporters of the bill say it's a way to combat childhood obesity and that federal school nutrition guidelines will bans trans fats anyway. The measure has already passed the Senate. Some critics have called Colorado's proposal unnecessary and an unfunded mandate.

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  • by Dana Location: Colorado on May 1, 2012 at 05:40 PM
    This is what the house is spending their time on? Too bad those voting on this probably never read any research results regarding fats, carbohydrates, sugars, calories, ect. Like most of the posters here, I'm sure they base their votes on the myths about fats. Stop reading articles about research that are written by people sharing their opinions about what is healthy. Start reading the actual results. News stations report the worst information about theese studies.

    It's flour and sugar that caused obesity and diabeties at epidemic levels. Yet we believed the USDA and their food pyamid for years. So much so that thousands of people based their careers on it. No wonder they don't want to hear how brainwashed we all were.
  • by Colo Location: C/S on May 1, 2012 at 10:30 AM
    You're right Nath. Hydrogenated oil means they add hydrogen to fat to enable you to pour it instead of a solid form. When you look at food labels watch out for "partially hydrogenated" as well. I'm for going back to the good old days when people ate real food. You could even watch the butcher grind your hamburger, so you knew you weren't eating anything "hidden."
  • by Anonymous on May 1, 2012 at 06:13 AM
    Reading a news article recently about 'pink slime' being served in some schools makes me not want to eat.
  • by Nath Location: Colo Spgs on May 1, 2012 at 05:22 AM
    AH-HA, I had to look up the definition trans fat to see what it is. Wiki says it it rare in living nature but can occur in food production PROCESSES. It is the way food is processed these days that is responsible for a lot of our weight issues today. 50-60 years ago, there was not so much of a problem. Food processing methods need to be looked at, that's the source and where to fix the problem.
  • by Mom of three on Apr 30, 2012 at 07:01 PM
    This article says "ban trans fat"... is that in school provided lunches or in ALL foods that are eaten in a school?
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      by Dad of a few on Apr 30, 2012 at 07:19 PM in reply to Mom of three
      Looks like the article has been updated to include "A proposal to ban trans fats in Colorado school cafeterias and vending machines is closer the enactment"
  • by Reality on Apr 30, 2012 at 05:41 PM
    Schools cannot afford the changes. Here is what's going to happen. School lunches are going to go way up, next schools are going to stop serving lunches, last everyone will be packing lunches. I've been in the lunchrooms you should see the amount of 'good' food going in the garbage. Our kids are not hungry enough to eat what They dont like. Stop wasting money. One small meal for 50 percent of students who actually eat a school lunch is not going to make any difference. Want to make a real difference spend the money on more teachers. 30 kids in a classroom is crazy with today's behavior problems.
  • by truth on Apr 30, 2012 at 04:22 PM
    Yet another step to communism. Ya i want my government to out law evertthing and tell me what tio do and when i can do it.
  • by Look at other reasons on Apr 30, 2012 at 03:46 PM
    My son would be considered obese.....not because he sits around doing nothing but eating and playing video games, but because he has had asthma since he was diagnosed at 2 and in his older years a Dr. put him on prednisone. What gives anyone the right to judge obese children? Don't lump them all in the same category by sight. Maybe some of them have other issues you have no idea about.
  • by Tiffany Location: Florissant on Apr 10, 2012 at 08:13 PM
    I certainly agree that good eating habits start at home. We eat very clean at home and my kids take their lunches, however, many kids do not have that option and the nasty gruel at the schools is horrendous and sometimes I don't even know how it passes for food. No one should eat that garbage.
  • by SHowe Location: Colorado Springs on Apr 10, 2012 at 07:05 AM
    It all starts at home. If your child is sitting in front of the computer or t.v. eating junk food and not moving it isn't going to matter how well they get feed at school. It cost just as much to have a fridge full of fruits and veggies as it does to have a cabinet full of junk.
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