It's tie to obesity and heart disease has led to its ban in New York City and California. Now Texas may soon ban trans fats too. Texas Senate Bill 204 and House Bill 1523 were filed in Austin during this legislative session, and they aim to prohibit all restaurants in the state from using trans fats. Trans fats are found in most margarine and shortening and is created when oil is combined with hydrogen at high heat. Local business owners and customers are now weighing in on the proposed legislation.
"I'm all for it because it's healthier," said Katheryn Wilson, a Houston resident.
"That's going to put a lot of people out of business," said Burton Gans, another local resident. "I think everybody got a right to the food that they eat. "
"I think it would be a disadvantage to not only my restaurant, but restaurants of culture that use different ingredients to enhance their food," said Craig Joseph.
Joseph, whose the owner of "Houston This Is It Soul Food" in midtown, says in the 50 years his family's restaurant has been in business the recipes have remained the same and he's concern the ban will affect their flavor.
"To take certain ingredients out, you wouldn't be able to call it soul food."
According to the two Texas lawmakers backing the bill, it will likely pass because now that they have the support of the Texas Restaurant Association.
In a statement released by Representative Carol Alvarado Monday, she said "Texas cannot afford to suffer from the lingering health effects of heart disease, diabetes, and the other ailments caused by bad cholesterol intake."
Senator Eliot Shapleigh said: "Across Texas, a silent epidemic of obesity is shortening lives, raising health costs and putting more and more Texans at risk. With SB 204, we can make sure more Texans live strong and healthy lives."
If passed the bills won't fully go into effect until September 2011.