KFC slashes trans fats on UK menusIt switches to a healthier cooking oil

31 July 2007

 

KFC logo on wall

Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) has slashed the amount of dangerous trans fats in its foods in the UK.

It is now using a low trans fat blend of cooking oil in its 713 British and Irish stores. Previously the company used a partially hydrogenated rapeseed oil.

The fast food chain says the switch means that all of its products will contain less than one per cent trans fat.

Cooking oil

Martin Shuker, CEO of KFC UK and Ireland, said: ‘At KFC, we are committed to serving foods that meet the changing needs of our customers.

‘We have worked hard over the past two years to remove trans fats without sacrificing the great taste that is the foundation of our brand.’

Trans fats occur naturally in small amounts in dairy products and meat, but they're also formed artificially when manufacturers hydrogenate liquid vegetable fat or oil.

Hydrogenation turns the fat solid, altering the texture of food, and also extends a food's shelf life.

Heart disease

Research has shown that just 1g of trans fat eaten each day over many years significantly increases your risk of heart disease.

At the end of last year McDonald’s said it would also be cutting the amount of trans fats it used in its UK products.

It said it would bring in a new blend of cooking oil by mid-2008 at 6,300 outlets across Europe.