McDonald's is going trans fat free

May 27, 2008 in Food Companies, Manufacturing and Trends, Healthy Eating, Nutrition Topics in the News

McDonald's is going trans fat free

French fries at McDonald's are finally trans fat free in all restaurants across Canada and the United States.

The trans fat reduction was accomplished by switching to a blend of canola, corn and soy oils for all fried menu items.

This new canola oil blend has also lowered the trans fat content of McDonald's hash browns, chicken nuggets, chicken burgers and Filet-O-Fish sandwiches to levels accepted by the government's Trans fat Task Force.

Compared to other fast food restaurants, McDonald's has been slow to respond to Health Canada's request limit trans fats to less five percent of the total fat content of menu items.  

Since 2002, the popular fast food chain has been promising to change the fat used to cook their French fries and other deep-fried items.    

Baked goods at McDonald's are set to meet Health Canada's guidelines by the end of June 2008.  

Trans fats have been targeted by the government because they raise "bad" LDL cholesterol and lower "good" HDL cholesterol - thereby increasing the risk of heart disease.

Leslie's note: McDonald's is still loaded with fat and sodium. A healthy food it is not, regardless of being trans fat free.

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