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McDonald’s discloses ‘worrying’ fat levels increase in fries

Obese child at McDonalds

By Dave Carpenter, Chicago
McDONALD’S, the world’s largest restaurant chain, says its French fries contain a third more trans fats than previously thought, following a new testing method it began using in December.

That means that the level of potentially artery-clogging trans fat in a portion of the fast food giant’s large fries is 8 grammes, up from six, with total fat increasing to 30g from 25g. Often used by restaurants and in packaged foods, trans fats are thought to cause cholesterol problems and increase the risk of heart disease.

Last night’s disclosure comes as McDonald’s starts rolling out packaging in the US containing facts about menu items’ nutritional content - a move made voluntarily but with the fast-food industry under pressure from consumer groups and government to provide more information. McDonald’s said it updated the nutrition info on its website last month as soon as it discovered the new level of trans fat.

The company explained the increase by saying that an improvement in the testing process has provided more accurate information. "As part of our ongoing voluntary efforts to provide our customers with the best science-based information, we continually enhance our testing," said Cathy Kapica, global nutrition director for an Illinois-based McDonald’s.

Michael Jacobson, executive director of the Centre for Science in the Public Interest, called the change "quite a dramatic increase".

"Nutritionally it’s a disastrous product," Mr Jacobson said of the fries.

Responding to the criticism, Ms Kapica said that the company was "very proud of our menu".

"It is important to note that McDonald’s menu has a wide range of choice and variety, with an array of portion sizes, including three options with French fries - small, medium and large," she said.

"Using these portion size options, along with our nutrition information, customers can continue to make informed decisions."

McDonald’s spokeswoman Anna Rozenich said tray liners and nutrition brochures containing trans fat and other information would be updated soon and the company website (www.mcdonalds.com) would reflect up-to-date information.

 

McDonald’s discloses ‘worrying’ fat levels increase in fries

Obese child at McDonalds

By Dave Carpenter, Chicago
McDONALD’S, the world’s largest restaurant chain, says its French fries contain a third more trans fats than previously thought, following a new testing method it began using in December.

That means that the level of potentially artery-clogging trans fat in a portion of the fast food giant’s large fries is 8 grammes, up from six, with total fat increasing to 30g from 25g. Often used by restaurants and in packaged foods, trans fats are thought to cause cholesterol problems and increase the risk of heart disease.

Last night’s disclosure comes as McDonald’s starts rolling out packaging in the US containing facts about menu items’ nutritional content - a move made voluntarily but with the fast-food industry under pressure from consumer groups and government to provide more information. McDonald’s said it updated the nutrition info on its website last month as soon as it discovered the new level of trans fat.

The company explained the increase by saying that an improvement in the testing process has provided more accurate information. "As part of our ongoing voluntary efforts to provide our customers with the best science-based information, we continually enhance our testing," said Cathy Kapica, global nutrition director for an Illinois-based McDonald’s.

Michael Jacobson, executive director of the Centre for Science in the Public Interest, called the change "quite a dramatic increase".

"Nutritionally it’s a disastrous product," Mr Jacobson said of the fries.

Responding to the criticism, Ms Kapica said that the company was "very proud of our menu".

"It is important to note that McDonald’s menu has a wide range of choice and variety, with an array of portion sizes, including three options with French fries - small, medium and large," she said.

"Using these portion size options, along with our nutrition information, customers can continue to make informed decisions."

McDonald’s spokeswoman Anna Rozenich said tray liners and nutrition brochures containing trans fat and other information would be updated soon and the company website (www.mcdonalds.com) would reflect up-to-date information.

 

McDonald’s discloses ‘worrying’ fat levels increase in fries

Obese child at McDonalds

By Dave Carpenter, Chicago
McDONALD’S, the world’s largest restaurant chain, says its French fries contain a third more trans fats than previously thought, following a new testing method it began using in December.

That means that the level of potentially artery-clogging trans fat in a portion of the fast food giant’s large fries is 8 grammes, up from six, with total fat increasing to 30g from 25g. Often used by restaurants and in packaged foods, trans fats are thought to cause cholesterol problems and increase the risk of heart disease.

Last night’s disclosure comes as McDonald’s starts rolling out packaging in the US containing facts about menu items’ nutritional content - a move made voluntarily but with the fast-food industry under pressure from consumer groups and government to provide more information. McDonald’s said it updated the nutrition info on its website last month as soon as it discovered the new level of trans fat.

The company explained the increase by saying that an improvement in the testing process has provided more accurate information. "As part of our ongoing voluntary efforts to provide our customers with the best science-based information, we continually enhance our testing," said Cathy Kapica, global nutrition director for an Illinois-based McDonald’s.

Michael Jacobson, executive director of the Centre for Science in the Public Interest, called the change "quite a dramatic increase".

"Nutritionally it’s a disastrous product," Mr Jacobson said of the fries.

Responding to the criticism, Ms Kapica said that the company was "very proud of our menu".

"It is important to note that McDonald’s menu has a wide range of choice and variety, with an array of portion sizes, including three options with French fries - small, medium and large," she said.

"Using these portion size options, along with our nutrition information, customers can continue to make informed decisions."

McDonald’s spokeswoman Anna Rozenich said tray liners and nutrition brochures containing trans fat and other information would be updated soon and the company website (www.mcdonalds.com) would reflect up-to-date information.

 

McDonald’s discloses ‘worrying’ fat levels increase in fries

Obese child at McDonalds

By Dave Carpenter, Chicago
McDONALD’S, the world’s largest restaurant chain, says its French fries contain a third more trans fats than previously thought, following a new testing method it began using in December.

That means that the level of potentially artery-clogging trans fat in a portion of the fast food giant’s large fries is 8 grammes, up from six, with total fat increasing to 30g from 25g. Often used by restaurants and in packaged foods, trans fats are thought to cause cholesterol problems and increase the risk of heart disease.

Last night’s disclosure comes as McDonald’s starts rolling out packaging in the US containing facts about menu items’ nutritional content - a move made voluntarily but with the fast-food industry under pressure from consumer groups and government to provide more information. McDonald’s said it updated the nutrition info on its website last month as soon as it discovered the new level of trans fat.

The company explained the increase by saying that an improvement in the testing process has provided more accurate information. "As part of our ongoing voluntary efforts to provide our customers with the best science-based information, we continually enhance our testing," said Cathy Kapica, global nutrition director for an Illinois-based McDonald’s.

Michael Jacobson, executive director of the Centre for Science in the Public Interest, called the change "quite a dramatic increase".

"Nutritionally it’s a disastrous product," Mr Jacobson said of the fries.

Responding to the criticism, Ms Kapica said that the company was "very proud of our menu".

"It is important to note that McDonald’s menu has a wide range of choice and variety, with an array of portion sizes, including three options with French fries - small, medium and large," she said.

"Using these portion size options, along with our nutrition information, customers can continue to make informed decisions."

McDonald’s spokeswoman Anna Rozenich said tray liners and nutrition brochures containing trans fat and other information would be updated soon and the company website (www.mcdonalds.com) would reflect up-to-date information.