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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

What America Thinks: For Americans, Trans Fats Bad, Sugar Good

A new FDA ruling requires the food industry to phase out partially hydrogenated oils, the main source of trans fats, over the next three years, and voters are pretty okay with that. But other times, they want hands off the food they eat. So what is and isn’t ok in the food Americans eat and buy? We decided to find out what America thinks.

Two-thirds of likely U.S. Voters agree with the FDA’s move to ban trans fats. Even more American Adults support the federal government requiring labeling for any foods containing genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. As a matter of fact, most Americans read the nutrition labels on the food they buy at least most of the time, and consider buying locally and organically-grown or raised foods at least somewhat important to them.

But support for food regulation stops at the manufacturing level. When then-New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg proposed a ban on the sale of any sugary soft drinks larger than 16 ounces in 2012, 65% of Americans opposed. They were even more vehemently opposed to the idea of banning the sale of all sugary drinks. However, their attitude shifts when it comes to the kids—40% support banning the sale of sugary snacks and drinks in schools, though half still don’t think students’ lunches should be required to meet federal nutrition standards.

Overall, most Americans believe they do a fine job of healthy eating and would like the government to stay out of it – as long as they are armed with the details to make informed choices for themselves and their children.

For Rasmussen Reports, I’m Alex Boyer. Remember, if it’s in the news, it’s in our polls.