Metro residents weigh in on possible Trans fat ban

Posted by Charles Gazaway - email

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Should Louisville Metro leaders tell you what you can and cannot eat? That was the issue that caused dozens showed up Tuesday night to share their thoughts about.

The first of two forums about Trans fats was held at the Metro Public Health and Wellness office. The forums come after a yearlong study on the topic ordered by the Louisville Metro Council.

Health experts say Trans fats increase the risk of heart disease and stroke, even when consumed in small amounts.

"Research shows moving away from Trans fat actually cuts down significantly on the number of cardiac events or heart attacks across the country and that could in fact impact close to 600 lives here in Metro Louisville," said Dr. Adewale Troutman, director of Metro Public Health and Wellness.

If a ban is recommended, the health department will have to decide if it should apply only to prepared foods in restaurants and bakeries or extend to pre-packaged foods in stores and vending machines. The ban would then have to be approved by the Metro Council.

Another public forum is set for Thursday at the Metro Public Health and Wellness office, 400 E. Gray Street. A decision on any ban is expected by Christmas.

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