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MCCS food outlets to make switch away from trans fats

Date Posted: 2007-06-08

Partially hydrogenated vegetable oils known as trans fats are going by the wayside at Marine Corps Community Services clubs and restaurants this summer.

Beginning July 1st, MCCS facilities are getting on the nationwide band wagon to switch to zero trans fat oils. Popular food chains such as McDonald’s, Taco Bell, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Applebee’s and Starbucks are also making the switch to the more healthy oils. Universities, including Texas A & M, are also making campus-wide changes in the fried foods department, and entire cities—including New York and Philadelphia—have banned the use of oils containing trans fat altogether. Even the Girl Scout cookies distributed this year were produced using zero trans fat oil.

Trans fats were originally developed in response to growing concerns about health risks associated with saturated fats. Recent studies have shown, though, that trans fat is even worse than saturated fat. The American Heart Association says “consumption of trans fat raises bad LDL cholesterol levels and lowers the good HDL cholesterol levels, causing arteries to become clogged and increasing the risk of developing heart disease and strokes.”

MCCS clubs and restaurants will switch to Nutra-Clear NT, a Bunge Ltd., product. It not only contains zero grams of trans fat, but also has the lowest amount of saturated fats compared to other trans fat-free oils now on the market. The switch is seamless, says Bunge Marketing Director bill McCullough, and customers won’t really notice a change. “Food products should get similar fry life, if not extended,” he says, “as well as the same taste and performance as what customers are used to in a hydrogenated environment.”

In implementing the change, MCCS says its clubs and restaurants continue to be ‘Your First Choice’ while upholding high food-quality standards, and providing patrons with healthier options.

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