Skip to comments.Wendy's is first to trim trans fat
Posted on 06/09/2006 4:34:42 AM PDT by Perdogg
Wendy's said yesterday it would significantly cut artery-clogging trans fats from its menu, beating market leader McDonald's, which still has not made good on its promise to remove the fats from french fries in the U.S.
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Eat more deer, fish, ruffed grouse,bear, and rabbit. No trans fat in those
Trans fat tastes good.
I'll have a big McDeer to go. Biggie Size it please.
Or as they say at my local drive-up: I'll arr big arrr to arrr. Big arrr it arrrr.
I thought that dripping stuff was water:')
McDonald's should go back to beef fat. That's when the fries were good.
Manatee is low fat as well!
The headline is wrong. Jason's Deli was the first. Perhaps they are only scoring fastfood hamburger businesses.
Anyway, it's too late to save Dave. He was a good guy.
Kudos to Wendy's.
Why?? Are they (Wendy's) trying to pacifiy the food-nazis, or the consumers?
Granted, I haven't been to Wendys in a while but I don't remember customers barking at the magament and staff, pounding the counter demanding less "artery-clogging trans fats from its menu".
Trans-fats are like a slow acting poison. It has nothing to do with being a food nazis.
And yes, the consumers are making their voices heard.
Did he eat that stuff everyday? Wendy's does have healthier choices if you eat there a lot.
Well, a small percentage of consumers are making their voices heard.
The actual consumers will vote with their wallets after the change.
Should be interesting.
I believe Dave Thomas died of liver cancer. I am not sure if that has any link with trans fat. I suppose it could be possible, since the liver filters your blood, but I'm no oncologist.
Anyhow, like 2.5 said....Thomas was a decent guy. He did a lot for charity, especially adoption. Being adopted himself, his foundation does a lot to help foster children find homes.
You're correct. He died of liver cancer. The mistake was he had a Quadruple By-Pass Surgery in December of 1996.
Jason's beat them a year ago.
"Trans fat tastes good."
Sure does. Funny thing is, why would Wendy's burgers be any worse for me than what I cook at home? Lets see...
Beef, bread, lettuce, tomato, onions, cooking oils, potatoes, etc.
In some form or other, the average American eats those items at home more than out. I SERIOUSLY doubt this is a reaction to customer requests as some insist. If someone is fat or otherwise unhealthy, Wendy's is going to be no worse for you than Mom's cooking. Compared to my Country-fried Steak or Crawfish Etouffe, Wendy's is health food. ;-P
As a consumer I don't buy anything that has trans fat. I know personally that it will shoot your cholesterol through the roof. I'd rather not die before 40.
Why do people seem so insulted by Wendy's reformulating their recipes to produce the same quality food with less trans fat? Has producing and eating unhealthy food somehow become virtuous?
Trans fat doesn't taste particularly good, saturated fat does. Trans fats are used to cut corners financially--why buy butter if you can buy margarine cheaper?
"why buy butter if you can buy margarine cheaper?"
Tsk, tsk, tsk. Margarine is what you put on cheap biscuits. :) My wife is from farther north and jokes that we put a stick of butter in everything down here. Nothing cooks and tastes like real butter.
My point was, Wendy's isn't going to save anybody or have any significant inpact on anyone's life buy doing this. People eat more unhealthy foods at home than they do out, I'll bet.
It used to be margarine was what I put on and in everything since I'm allergic to butter! Then I incidentally got my cholesterol checked and that put an end to that. Since then I'm zero trans-fat and my cholesterol last check was down just to slightly elevated. Unfortunately it takes time to correct it.
I've noticed since the regulations requiring trans fat content be listed on the packaging went into effect at the beginning of the year several products have changed their recipes to eliminate trans fats. Pop-Tarts, for instance, used to contain trans fat and now have none. This voluntary elimination of trans fat on the part of manufacturers will lower people's intake at home.
I read a kind of funny article in a medical journal (JAMA?) not too long ago where a group of doctors did an informal survey by collecting samples of their lunches while they were out travelling around Europe and analyzed them for trans fats. Their conclusions were that a single meal at most fast-food restaurants would supply a person's maximum daily limit of trans fats and sometimes in excess of that. This is a concern because some people eat at fast food restaurants multiple times a week and sometimes a day.
I'm not in favor of regulating the trans fat content of food, but I do think that it ought to be posted or available on request since consumers ought to be able to find out what they're getting. I'm definitely in favor of voluntary trans fat reductions on the part of manufacturers. We've got to face it--there are a lot of people too ignorant or too, well, dumb to take the steps they ought to to protect their health. While I think people ought to be free to do whatever stupid thing they like, some of these people (who are often low income) are getting heart disease and requiring treatment through government assistance that goes on our dime. Any voluntary steps people take that aid in increasing public health and thus saving us all money get my approval.
Oh, to be sure! That's because fat is the vehicle whereby flavor is transmitted to our taste buds. When fat is removed -- in part or in all -- a artificial substitute must be developed and incorporated. This is why lo-fat/no-fat food often have a rather "off" flavor, esp. on the bottom-note (the lingering, end taste). That is why there is just no comparison between the taste of hot biscuits with real butter, and hot biscuits with some kind of "heart healthy spread" [HHS].
Besides, birds will eagerly nibble away at butter, suet, and lard. They will not touch margarine or any HHS.
You ought to be happy, then, they're eliminating trans fats such as those present in margarine and going back to unsaturated oils and saturated fats.
I suppose I would...if I ate margarine. But, hey, if butter was good enough for Julia Child (who lived to be 91) it's good enough for me. (grin)
Bring back lard. It never killed anyone who wasn't going to die anyway.
Add meat from longhorn cattle to your list. According to a Texas A&M study it has less cholestral than whire meat chicken. Just a tad more than venison.
Like any major burger outlet, Wendy's has to standardize. Their reputation can't get by on having a great batch of burgers one day and a lousy batch the next. So there is a good deal of food engineering put into ensuring that they all taste the same. Trans fats help because they're more stable than the raw unsaturated oils.