Kentucky Fried Chicken Informative - Removal of Trans Fats
From: The Courier Journal (Louisville) 10/31/06
KFC announced yesterday that by next spring about 65 menu items at its U.S. restaurants will taste the same, but will be healthier for you, with a switch to cooking oil that contains little or no artery-clogging trans fat.
The world-famous but Louisville-based fast-food chain is getting out ahead of the challenge, as negative reports pile up about trans fat's role in America's rising rates of obesity, diabetes and heart disease, and as big cities like New York and Chicago move toward trans fat bans.
Some KFC outlets already are making the change -- a measure of where they think the public already is on this issue.
This area's largest KFC franchisee, Richard Schleicher, told The Courier-Journal last week that trans fat will be off the menu in his 54 restaurants before April.
Trans fat has been used in cooking since the early 1900s, but health officials recently have been warning that it increases bad cholesterol, lowers good cholesterol, isn't essential and contributes no benefit to human health.
In deciding to remove trans fats, KFC has made a wise decision. It obviously doesn't wish to be left behind as other chains, such as Wendy's (which already has begun a changeover) and McDonald's (which is working on it), respond to public pressure.
The nation's restaurants should be more responsible in what they offer. But we all have a responsibility -- to be more health-conscious consumers. If enough customers ask often enough, something will change in the kitchen. It's the nature of capitalism to respond to changing demands.
From : PWP - Consumers, don't be fooled into thinking that the removal of trans-fats will lower the calorie count. Fried food is still fried food, high in fat, perhaps not the same amount of artery clogging bad fats of the past.