McDonald's Trans Fat:
Serving Up French Fries Laden with Trans Fat
Dr. Ben Kim
For Science In the Public Interest (CSPI) released a special report
on February 6, 2006 which indicates that many of the top hospitals
in the United States are serving up French fries that are laden with
following chart indicates the number of grams of trans fat that were found in
6 ounces of French fries from McDonald's, 18 medical centers and hospitals, and
the headquarters of the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Department of
Agriculture, and the Food and Drug Administration.
ounces of French fries from: ||Contain
this many grams of trans fat:|
|U.S. Department of
Agriculture, Washington, D.C.||5.8|
|Hospital of the University
of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia||5.3 |
|University of Michigan
Health System, Ann Arbor||4.9|
|UCLA Medical Center||4.6|
|University of Washington
Medical Center, Seattle||4.5|
|University of California,
San Francisco, Medical Center||4.1|
Medical Center, Washington, D.C.||4.1|
|St. Louis (Mo.) Children's
|Stanford Medical Center,
Palo Alto, Calif.||3.4|
|Duke University Medical
Center, Durham, N.C.||3.0|
|Brigham and Women's
University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell ||1.8|
|University of Pittsburgh
|Rainbow Babies and
Children's Hospital, Cleveland||1.4|
|University of Chicago
of Health, Bethesda, Md.||0.2|
|Food and Drug Administration,
French fries from all of the institutions included in this study were tested by
an independent laboratory.
can confidently assume that institutions that ranked high in trans fat content
were (and probably still are) using partially hydrogenated oils to deep fry their
only are some of the patients of these institutions being exposed to dangerous
trans fats, visitors and staff members are also consuming trans fats every time
they eat an order of fries at the cafeterias in these institutions.
Cleveland Clinic and Johns Hopkins are the only two top-ranked hospitals that
do not serve French fries in their cafeterias. Unfortunately, the Cleveland Clinic
has a McDonald's restaurant on their campus.
be clear on why hospitals of all places should not be serving foods that are laced
with trans fats, the most common health conditions related to regular consumption
of trans fats are:
- Birth defects
- Decreased ability
to produce breast milk
of bones and muscles
additional reason why hospitals should not be serving French fries is that they
are high in acrylamide,
a compound that is known to increase one's risk of developing cancer.
you work at a hospital or school, please do what you can to encourage the adminstrator(s)
to stop serving French fries. They are truly one of the deadliest foods that a
person can eat.
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