Bills would ban restaurant trans fats

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texans who love their cheesy enchiladas and chicken-fried steak, take heart.

Lawmakers who want to ban trans fats in Texas restaurants say there's no need to worry about losing any flavor in their favorite foods if healthy oils and ingredients are used instead.

Sen. Eliot Shapleigh of El Paso and Rep. Carol Alvarado of Houston, both Democrats, introduced legislation that would phase in bans of trans fats in restaurants. They say the move would help fight the obesity epidemic and help reduce health insurance costs.

And, giving weight to their argument is the Texas Restaurant Association. The industry group said Monday that many of its members are moving to get rid of trans fats anyway, and that the association backs the legislation.