Katz’s Bagel Bakery to Chelsea, Mass. authorities: “Hands Off My Dough”

by Walter Olson on December 21, 2012

The Boston suburb of Chelsea, emulating New York City and other municipalities, is banning trans fats in restaurant recipes effective Jan. 1, leaving bakery owner Richard Katz “vowing to stop selling pastries rather than peddle what he calls ‘awful’ tasting trans fat-free baked goods.” [Fox Boston via Keep Food Legal]

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12.26.12 at 1:54 am


1 Peyote Short 12.21.12 at 12:48 pm

Good old fashioned lard has no trans fats and makes awesome pastries. You’d think a baker would know that stuff.

2 Walter Olson 12.21.12 at 12:51 pm

On the other hand, there’s a chance that Mr. Katz’s bagel store would not be keen on using the most notoriously un-kosher of ingredients.

3 Canvasback 12.21.12 at 2:08 pm

Sure, pick on the little guy. What did they tell Kraft and General Mills? It would be like a poodle peeing on an elephant’s leg.

4 John Burgess 12.21.12 at 2:44 pm

@Peyote Short: Have you tried to find unhydrongenated lard these days? Hydrogenated lard does, indeed, have trans-fats.

But Walter’s argument is the more cutting.

5 Peyote Short 12.21.12 at 3:20 pm

@John Burgess: Ha! He does indeed. Lesson learned.

6 William Nuesslein 12.22.12 at 5:34 am

Oy vey iz mir

7 Xmas 12.23.12 at 8:50 am

He could go back to palm kernel oil too. Palm oil was pushed out of use as it’s a saturated fat and replaced with “safer” trans-fats.

8 Peyote Short 12.23.12 at 12:23 pm

What was the common kosher fat before the invention of hydrogenated oils?

9 boblipton 12.23.12 at 3:24 pm

It would depend on what you were cooking. Safest would be parvre, some sort of vvegetable oil and because you want saturated oils for baking, you’d be safest with cocoanut oil.


10 Amy Alkon 12.26.12 at 1:41 am

Not that I support government or any other nitwits controlling what adults can eat, but if Dr. Dean Xerras knew anything about dietary science, he’d be banning flour and sugar, which actually are what lead to diabetes (by causing the secretion of insulin that puts on fat).

And Dr. Mary Dan Eades, who knows a thing or two about evidence-based dietary science, will sing you the health praises of lard if you just throw the subject out. (Of course, the kosher thing may be a problem — tragic, because a world without bacon is a joyless place.)

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