Blog: Fat lot of good that will do
Dean Best | 9 May 2007
Another US company has said it will move away from using trans fats.
Wal-Mart has announced that its Supercenter and Neighbourhood Market delis are to use trans fat free oil for all their on-site frying. The move covers products including fried chicken and apple pie.
The company claimed the change could make a difference to the health of US consumers. There is a link between trans fats and heart disease, a leading killer across the Atlantic. Research suggests that trans fats increase LDL cholesterol, which clogs arteries and can consequently lead to an increase in cholesterol-related illnesses, such as heart disease.
"Small changes can have a big effect for many people," said Peter Redmond, vice president of Wal-Mart's deli division.
Fair play to Wal-Mart for ditching trans fats but will US consumers really become healthier when companies still push calorie-laden products like fried chicken?
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