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 group by 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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