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McDonald's Drops Trans Fats From Food

Fries, Most Baked Goods Now Have 0 Trans Fats in McDonald's U.S. Restaurants

By Miranda Hitti
WebMD Health News

Reviewed By Louise Chang, MD

May 22, 2008 — McDonald's says it no longer uses trans fats to cook its french fries or to make most of its baked goods at its U.S. restaurants.

McDonald's has switched to a canola oil cooking blend for all of its fried menu items, including fries, hash browns, chicken items, and Filet-O-Fish.

McDonald's baked goods — including McGriddles, McDonaldland cookies, and biscuits — now have 0 grams of trans fat per serving. Apple pies and baked cookies will be in that groupby the end of the year. McDonald's fried pies, which aren't served nationwide, will have 0 grams of trans fat in June 2008, according to McDonald's web site.

Wendy's, Taco Bell, and KFC are among other fast-food chains that have stopped using trans fats.

SOURCES: McDonald's: "Frequently Asked Questions About McDonald's USA Food & Nutrition." WebMD Health News: "Taco Bell to Ditch Trans Fats." WebMD Health News: "KFC to Fry Chicken Without Trans Fats." WebMD Feature: "Trans-Fat-Free Food: What's the Truth?"

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