Canada, U.S., switches to trans fat free oil blend for french
me cut to the chase:
fries, oven baked**
potato (whole milk added)**
McDonald's online nutrition calculator. ** USDA food search
know that synthetic trans
fats, created when vegetable oils are partially hydrogenated,
are bad for us. Unlike natural fats, which are part of a healthy
diet, synthetic trans fats serve no purpose for the function
of our body, but they do a great job of increasing risk to
coronary heart disease, health experts say.
are french fries deep fried in non trans fat oil good
for us? The total grams of fat are still too high, total calories
too high, and acrylamides are high as well.
is a chemical compound used in the manufacturing of plastic,
rubber, dyes, and other processes. Acrylamide is also made
when carbohydrate foods are cooked at high temperatures, such
as frying, deep frying, and baking. Acrylamide content of
drinking water is regulated, but acrylamide content of food
is under review. Acrylamide consumption is linked to cancer
risk, according to health authorities.
Canada statement about acrylamides.
Marketplace article on acrylamides.
need fat in our diet, but only around 50 to 70g each day.
at the difference in fat between oven baked fries (frozen,
packaged) and the deep fried Mcdonald's fries. The McDonald's
fries have 300% more fat. The same amount of baked potato
has 0.23 g of fat. Deep fried french fries have 1170% more
fat than a baked potato.
do you feel about a cooking method that increases the fat
content of a food by over 1000%? Does that sound like a good
the end of 2008 McDonald's baked goods will be trans fats
reduced, according to a press release on the companies website.
interesting that the McDonald's press release does not actually
say their fries are trans fat free. What the press release
says is, "we successfully completed our transition to
a trans fat free canola Oil Blend cooking oil in all McDonalds
Canada restaurants". What is the trans fat free canola
oil blended with?
fried menu items meet Health Canadas voluntary trans
fat limits"- McDonald's press release.
are these Health Canada limits?
Trans fat limited to 2% of the total fat content for vegetable
oils and soft, spreadable margarines
2. Trans fat limited to 5% of the total fat content for all
other foods, including ingredients sold to restaurants
great that major fast food chains are reducing trans fats,
but be sure to look at nutrition info when you order. "Trans
fat free" or "low trans fat" by no means suggests
that your food is fat free, low fat, or even close to being
a healthy serving of fat or total calories.
2008 Cris LaBossiere Rhino Fitness