January 24, 2009

Burger King announces trans fat are here to stay in 2009

Burger King Corp. said Thursday it is now cooking with trans-fat free cooking oils at all of its restaurants nationwide.

However that doesn't mean there is no trans fat at Burger King. In fact for the rest of this year many items will include trans fat, including all the baked goods. Not until Nov. 1 will Burger King get rid of trans fats.

Until that time, skip Burger King this year.

Trans fats are partially hydrogenated vegetable oil. They can raise bad cholesterol and lower healthy cholesterol, increasing the risk of heart disease, according to doctors. Trans fats are used to allow Burger King to increase the shelf life of its baked goods. (With trans fat, who knows how long food has been sitting on the shelf.)

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