If you’re making a list, add amusement parks to New York City and public schools as venues that are trying to counter their unhealthy images by cutting trans fats from their foods. As reported in the Westchester, New York, Journal News, trans fats have been banned from all concession food at the venerable Rye Playland, the only government-run amusement park in the United States.
That may explain the wailing and gnashing of columnist teeth:
[Deputy County Executive Larry Schwartz] even included a reference guide of ‘acceptable’ and ‘unacceptable’ stuff to eat and drink. For example, cake and cupcakes are bad. Acceptable substitutes would be hummus and pita bread. What’s next, quiche? One can only surmise that soon they will phase out Playland’s famously toxic foot-long hotdogs and replace them with something made out of tofu.
Ha ha. Tofu is hilarious!
Meanwhile, the trans fat ban doesn’t seem to be hitting parkgoers too hard: Cheeseburgers, fries, and other greasy delights are still available. But if you’ve just got to have your trans fat fix (or perhaps a reasonably priced healthy meal), you may want to be sneaky about it.