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Starbucks To Cut Trans Fat From Food

By bobSP     Jan 2, 2007 in Health
Starbucks has cut the trans fat from the doughnuts, muffins and other treats in half of its U.S. stores and says it plans on cutting the unhealthy fat in all of its stores in the relatively near future.
Although they are just now coming out in the public with their plan, they have been eliminating trans fat for the last two years.
"This is just something we have been working on, and our focus has always been on providing our customers with healthy and nutritious food options," said a company spokesman.
The trans fats are being removed because evidence links them heavily to heart disease and horrible cholesterol levels. The company says some stores in Seattle, San Francisco, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Diego, Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and Portland, Ore will have zero trans fats by Wednesday morning.
Starbucks says it will be working to removed the trans fats from its other stores, but says it will take some time because they must adjust the recipes for each of the regional bakers.
The nationally distributed foods they serve have already had the trans fat removed.
This has come at a time when more and more cities are banning the fat, and more and more competitors or companies in the food-serving business have started to cut trans fat entirely--McDonald's is working on it, Taco Bell has already begun implementing it country-wide...it's only a matter of time before trans fat is virtually eliminated from American foods (at the far-too-high levels they're currently at).
I'm sure that trans fat plays some type of vital role to our health, but the trace amounts we get from healthy foods is probably enough to cover that value.
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