Starbucks and A &W have announced plans to cut trans fat from their menu items.
Starbucks stores in Seattle, San Francisco, Chicago, L.A., San Diego, Boston, New York and Washington will be selling trans fat free baked goods as of this week. All stores within the U.S. will be trans-fat free within two years.
Starbucks Canada will be cutting trans fat in their baked goods by late 2007.
A&W has eliminated trans fat in some of their menu items, including French fries, hash browns and sandwiches, while other items including onions rings, chicken strips and breakfast sandwiches will have reduced levels of trans fat.
Trans fat is found in baked and fried foods and is known to increase the risk of heart disease. Many companies and restaurants are beginning to offer food items without trans fat as a result of consumer demand.
In June 2006, Health Canada and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada released their recommendations for reducing trans fats in Canadian foods. For more information of the report, visit the Task Force on Trans Fat.
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