Thursday, June 08, 2006


I’ve been seeing some version of this story (not necessarily involving Wendy’s) for years now and I really wish it would just come true someday.
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Wendy's International Inc. said Thursday it will begin frying french fries and breaded chicken items with non-hydrogenated oil, continuing a shift to offer healthier menu choices.

The country's third-largest burger chain said the blend of corn and soy oil has zero grams of artery-clogging trans fat per serving and will cut trans fat in those menu items by 95 percent. Wendy's will begin using the oil in its 6,300 restaurants in the U.S. and Canada in August.
August. OK, we’ll see.

I’ve long thought the FDA or some regulatory agency should just ban trans fats. I don’t know how practical that is; I’m sure it would have to be phased out over a long period of time. But really, aren’t there good alternatives to trans fats? And nothing good comes from ingesting the crap. Let’s just do away with it –get it out of the food supply- and move on.

1 comment:

John said...

I heard this news yesterday too. It's been my experience that when companies make changes like this, they often substitute something that is just as bad or worse than the ingredient they're replacing. The majority of fast food is poison (not to be on a soapbox), and I don't see that changing. It's essential to the speed and ease of the product that it be crammed with taste enhancers, preservatives, and who knows what else.

I'll tell you, there was a time in my life when I thought it was impossible to not eat fast food. I always thought, sometimes you have no choice. But then my wife and I stopped eating fast food, and we've been off the junk for about 2 years now. You do have a choice. I'll tell you that it's not as hard to avoid fast food as you might think. Certainly alternatives may not be as easy as a drive-through and a meal in under a minute, but how much do you value your health? You make up for that time saved in drive-throughs by leaving the game early.