Political Forums  

Go Back   Defending The Truth Political Forum > Political Issues > Money and Finance > Business & Industries

Business & Industries Discuss things going on in the corporate world, individual companies and corporate practices.


Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old April 14th, 2006, 11:46 AM   #1
Retired
 
hevusa's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 7,705
Europe has TFA restrictions. Why don't we?

http://www.webmd.com/content/article/121/114064.htm







How Much Trans Fat in Those Fries?



It Depends Where in the World You Buy Them, Study Shows By Miranda Hitti

WebMD Medical News Reviewed By Louise Chang, MD

on Wednesday, April 12, 2006



April 12, 2006 -- You may get more trans fat in chicken nuggets and french fries bought at McDonald's and KFC restaurants in New York City than in France, London, or Russia, doctors report in The New England Journal of Medicine.



In a letter to the journal, Steen Stender, MD, and colleagues show that trans fat levels vary worldwide -- and sometimes within the same country -- for McDonald's and KFC chicken nuggets and french fries.



Stender works at Gentofte University Hospital in Hellerup, Denmark. While traveling for other reasons between November 2004 and September 2005, Stender and colleagues ordered a large serving of french fries (171 grams) and chicken nuggets (160 grams) at McDonald's or KFC restaurants in 43 U.S. and international locations.



The researchers analyzed the foods' total fat and trans fat content.



Tracking Trans Fat



Trans fat, or trans fatty acids (TFA), are fats found in foods such as vegetable shortening, some margarines, and many processed foods made with or fried in partially hydrogenated oils.



Trans fat, like saturated fat and dietary cholesterol, raises the LDL (or "bad") cholesterol that increases your risk for heart disease, according to the FDA.



"It is recommended that the consumption of trans fat be as low as possible," write Stender and colleagues.



Stender's team writes that "the content of trans fatty acids varied from less than 1 gram in Denmark and Germany, to 10 grams in New York (McDonald's) and 24 grams in Hungary (KFC)."



Those numbers combine trans fat content for the chicken nuggets and french fries.





Trans Fat Levels Varied



Trans Fat Levels Varied



For the McDonald's items, the top three locations for trans fat content were New York, Peru, and Atlanta. The results for McDonald's restaurants didn't include other U.S. cities.



For the KFC foods, the top three locations for trans fat content were Hungary, Poland, and Peru, the study shows. The only U.S. location on the list -- New York -- ranked eighth.



"The cooking oil used for French fries in McDonald's outlets in the United States and Peru contained 23% and 24% trans fatty acids, respectively, whereas the oils used for French fries in many European countries contained only about 10% trans fatty acids, with some countries as low as 5% (Spain) and 1% (Denmark)," the researchers write.



What about french fries in France? Trans fat content was in the middle of the range (15% for McDonald's fries and 8% for KFC fries).



The study doesn't cover every restaurant in every location. The findings may not apply in other cities or restaurants. The study didn't do a head-to-head comparison of McDonald's and KFC foods.



McDonald's Replies



WebMD called the media relations offices of McDonald's Corporation and KFC for their comments.



McDonald's replied by emailing a statement the company attributed to Catherine Adams, PhD, RD, McDonald's vice president of Worldwide Quality Systems, Food Safety & Nutrition.



"McDonald's takes the matter of trans fatty acids seriously," the statement reads. "In fact, it is important to note that this Letter to the Editor itself draws heavily from information provided by McDonald's web site -- a clear example of our commitment to transparency on this issue."



One of the five footnotes in the researchers' letter to the journal cites McDonald's nutritional information.



"McDonald's continues to work diligently on ways to reduce TFA levels in our fries," McDonald's statement continues. "Our reduction in the U.S. is taking longer than anticipated, as we have previously announced. However, we continue to progress in our testing and we are determined to get it right for our customers."



KFC sent an email to WebMD stating that "our product offerings vary from country to country to reflect local taste preferences, and we do make nutritional information available to our customers."





--------------------------------------------------------------------------------



SOURCES: Stender, S. The New England Journal of Medicine, April 13, 2006; vol 354: pp 1650-1652. FDA: "Trans Fat Now Listed with Saturated Fat and Cholesterol on the Nutrition Facts Label." McDonald's Corporation, emailed statement attributed to Catherine Adams, PhD, RD, vice president, Worldwide Quality Systems, Food Safety & Nutrition.
hevusa is offline  
Old April 20th, 2006, 05:56 AM   #2
Site Founder
 
RidinHighSpeeds's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 6,710
Yea I think we could benefit from adopting something like this...When I was in Italy, everyone looked fit and in shape. Now I know it's the person's fault for eating such fatty foods like (McDonalds) but then again, it can be addicting to so many. When I drive around, or just walk by students here at Umass Lowell, I see lots of obese people..



I think the average lifespan, even at its highest right now, is going to decline if fastfood chain restaurants are going to be allowed to cook there food the way they have been recently.



Good article hev!
RidinHighSpeeds is offline  
Old April 20th, 2006, 09:23 AM   #3
Retired
 
hevusa's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 7,705
Quote:
Originally Posted by ridinhighspeeds
Now I know it's the person's fault for eating such fatty foods like (McDonalds) but then again, it can be addicting to so many.


Sure there is personal responsibility involved. But we also have to realize, as a whole, what message we are sending our kids when we offer fast food like items at schools. Our military can get the latest gear but our kids can't receive a home cooked, well balanced meal???
hevusa is offline  
Old April 23rd, 2006, 04:57 PM   #4
Site Founder
 
RidinHighSpeeds's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 6,710
Quote:
Originally Posted by hevusa
Sure there is personal responsibility involved. But we also have to realize, as a whole, what message we are sending our kids when we offer fast food like items at schools. Our military can get the latest gear but our kids can't receive a home cooked, well balanced meal???


A very good point.



I'm going to make a new poll asking if people liked the food offered by most middle schools/ high schools.
RidinHighSpeeds is offline  
Reply

  Defending The Truth Political Forum > Political Issues > Money and Finance > Business & Industries

Tags
europe, restrictions, tfa



Thread Tools
Display Modes


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
'Don't Ask' repealed, but restrictions remain msnbc.com Current Events 2 December 21st, 2010 01:58 AM
U.S. eases Cuban restrictions CNN Current Events 1 September 4th, 2009 05:28 AM
Official: Not the time to ease Cuba restrictions CNN Current Events 7 February 23rd, 2007 02:26 PM
ACLU of Arkansas sues over adoption restrictions Gay and Lesbian Rights 0 December 31st, 1969 04:00 PM


Facebook Twitter RSS Feed



Copyright © 2005-2013 Defending The Truth. All rights reserved.