Thursday, May 10, 2007

I'll have 153 grams of non-trans fat per serving to go please

Isn't this just sick!? I found this article about food choices at Burger King. Part of the article was trying to make it sound better (by calories) to order small fries versus the king size fries. The title of the article was "Drive Thru at Burger King Without Driving Up The Fat." Nice.

Suppose you arrived at the drive thru window and ordered a Triple Whopper with cheese, a King size fries with a King size chocolate milkshake. This meal packs in 3090 calories and 153 grams of fat, which is over 1.5 times more calories and fat than the typical American needs in a whole day! Even if you chose a King Coke instead of a milkshake, which would cut your calories down to 2220 and fat down to 115g, you'd still get more than required for a whole day.

Related to this... have you heard the recent news about KFC removing trans fat from their cooking oil? I heard about this several months ago and thought "good for them" for removing trans fat. I still won't eat there due to the chickens they use, but was happy they removed the trans fat.

GET THIS!! I was watching TV the other night and saw a KFC ad that featured cooking with no trans fat oil. I quickly shouted to Ferbit "hey, they are advertising no trans fat now."

Then the shocker... " with zero grams of trans fat per serving!"

Just when we thought one of the big chains got rid of trans fat, they too fell into the same scam and loop-hole as the chip makers and others by saying "per serving."

Today I found this stupid article by ("the drive-by media" as Rush calls it) ABC News totally falling into the trap thinking KFC is so wonderful for doing this and don't actually investigate further and realize there is still trans fat.

I'm sure if the average person ate food daily that said "no trans fat per serving" they would end up eating about 10-20 grams of trans fat per day. Do yourself a favor and be careful about what you see. Read the labels and look for hydrogenated oils. That's trans fat no matter what the company says on the package.


Chris Watkins (a.k.a. Chriswaterguy) said...

I was surprised to discover recently that dairy products are high in trans fats. Perhaps that means they're natural and we shouldn't expect to eat absolutely no trans fats ever. Or perhaps it means we should be wary of too many dairy products.

Ferbit said...

Hi Chris,

This topic has been brought to my attention several times lately so I'm glad you asked it here!

HOW they're created makes all the difference. Trans fatty acids naturally occuring in dairy products (actually called trans vaccenic acid) occur when the animal's stomach is converting dairy fats into linoleic acid. Also, from what I understand, dairy products aren't HIGH in trans vaccenic acid since it typically make up about 4% of dairy fat.

Whole milk is typically 3-4% fat, so the trans vaccenic acid makes up 4% of that 4%. And although I haven't seen any studies on it, ancient civilizations who consumed lots of dairy products never suffered the ill effects we're seeing today due to unnaturally created trans fats.

I would say be wary of too much pasteurized dairy (as I'm sitting here sipping coffee with pasteurized cream in it... *sigh* habit I need to break, I know) and stick with raw dairy.


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