Making treats without the trans fat?

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. Donuts and pastries may be a traditional Sunday morning treat, but they could start looking a little healthier in the near future.

As the Food and Drug Administration plans to ban artificial trans fat, bakeries that use the compound in their shortenings will have to switch up ingredients.

"We have no control over it," said head baker at Raise 'n Glaze Roger Whittington. "It's mostly the main manufacturers that we buy the products from. They're the ones that are going to be affected more than we will."

But Whittington said using ingredients without trans fat shouldn't change the shop's donuts too much as they don't need to have a long self life.

"Whatever's not sold that day, that's it," he said. "We only have a one day lifespan on most of our products."

Main Street Bagels has never had trans fat in its kitchens in 18 years of business and employees said they're happy to see the industry moving in a healthy direction.

"You have more of what mom made than a store or a factory that no one knows about," said Holly Daugherty, who works for Main Street Bagels.

However, not all customers agree with the government deciding what goes in people's bodies.

"While I appreciate what is endeavoring to be done, I'm not sure if I appreciate the method it's being done in," said Deborah Rosenbaum, of Grand Junction.

The Center for Disease Control has found banning trans fat could prevent up to 7,000 heart disease deaths and 20,000 heart attacks.


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