More Restaurants Getting Rid of Trans Fat

I warned you two weeks ago about concerns I had about big box restaurant chains like Burger King introducing more super-sized fast foods, and turning away from incorporating healthier foods like organic chicken into their menus. Seems that high-fat, artery-clogging backlash may have been merely a blip on the radar screen, according to an article in this morning's USA Today, one of my all-time favorite newspapers.

A number of smaller, but familiar, national chains have jumped on the growing bandwagon of restaurants eliminating trans fats from their foods, just nine months before food manufacturers are required to list the amount of trans fats on product labels. Although restaurants aren't required to list trans fat content -- or the lack of it -- some experts believe doing so will give them a competitive advantage.

Among the additions to the list of recent anti-trans fat recruits:

  • Quiznos
  • Jason's Deli
  • Fazoli's
  • Au Bon Pain
  • Legal Sea Foods
  • Ruby Tuesday

However, there's no word from McDonald's about when they'll make the switch to trans fat-free cooking oils for their french fries.

Just a reminder, trans fat -- found in many food products like Girl Scout cookies -- increases levels of low density lipoprotein (LDL), or "bad" cholesterol in the blood, while lowering levels of high density lipoprotein (HDL), known as "good" cholesterol. It can also cause your arteries to clog, type 2 diabetes and other serious health problems.

USA Today April 13, 2005

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