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Locals Against FDA's Possible Ban on Trans Fats

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Anum Valliani
NewsWest 9

WEST TEXAS - Pizza, cupcakes, popcorn. Chances are you tend to enjoy these from time to time. But they might start to taste a bit different if the FDA can help it.

That's because they've declared war on the artificial ingredients called trans fats that are typically found in them. Locals in or visiting West Texas don't seem too thrilled. In fact, you may be surprised to hear how many cherish their freedom over their health.

"I never realized they put things in food to make it taste better. I thought it was just natural," Luis Caldera of Albuquerque, N.M., said. 

But there's nothing natural about these bad fats aside from their ability to lower good cholesterol and increase the bad kind in our bodies.

"We've always heard about saturated fats but trans fats are even worse than saturated fats, they clog up the arteries, they make it really sludge and then you get all the heart attacks and bad things," Mia Gibson, a certified dietician with Medical Center Hospital, said. 

FDA officials say the change could lead to 20,000 fewer heart attacks and 7,000 fewer deaths a year.

Fitness conscious folks fully support the decision.

"Action can be taken but it should probably be done in phases. I mean just to wipe it out all together that looks like a hard thing to do," Robert Head, who traveled from Mississippi, said.

Luckily the FDA said they want to do it in a way that doesn't disrupt markets. They're also confident removing the artificial ingredients will be plausible, especially since many food marketers have already been moving away from them in the past few years.

Even with the possibility of new restrictions, it doesn't prevent people from going into their favorite restaurants. Because although many support healthier living options, most of our viewers are against the idea saying the government is overstepping its boundaries.

"I don't want the government to restrict any more of my freedoms than they already do," Marley Sweeney, a student at UT Arlington, said.

"It's our lives, if we die at 40 because we eat a lot of greasy food, that's our decision," Caldera said.

More than that, he's just curious to know what the food is going to taste like. There isn't a timeline yet for when the FDA plans the fat sweep.

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