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Ditching Trans Fat: The Benefits Exceed the Cost

We're all excited about about how many cities, states and companies are banning trans fats, but how are they going to deliver the same beloved French Fries and fried chicken that so many of their customers crave?

This Chicago restaurant owner, Ina Pinkney, might have paved the way - she eliminated trans fat from her menu a few years ago, and made the switch to Canola oil. She says that going trans fat free was a recipe for success.

She feared that the partially hydrogenated vegetable oils used in her foods were endangering her customers' health. Using Canola oil is not only healthier for her customers, but it's cheaper for her - she says it cooks so much better, so she uses less oil.

The oil's "fry life" and taste are virtually the same, but Canola oil is about 30% more expensive than partially hydrogenated vegetable oil. That's why a lot of restaurant owners are reluctant to make the switch. They just need to talk to Ina since she thinks it is cost beneficial.

But in the end switching over to Canola oil will prove beneficial because if patrons know the food is healthier, they'll probably be eating it more often (and MORE of it).

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mandiesoh mandiesoh 10 years
yeah i agree too butrfly! esp since im trying to make better choices (ya, im on the healthy lifestyle bandwagon :P ) now and all the fast food joints are just not helping!! thankfully i like to cook, so at least im still in control of what im consuming. :D
Fitness Fitness 10 years
That's so true.
Butrfly4404 Butrfly4404 10 years
When trans fats first became a hot issue, I switched from Veg. oil to Canola...but I like using olive so much more, better flavor and better fats! HOwever, when you need oil for baking and stuff, canola really does the trick. If companies DON'T stop using the bad oils, they are going to end up losing customers - like ME - and that won't be very profitable, either.
mandiesoh mandiesoh 10 years
this is cool. my mom switched to canola a couple o years back. but im thinking olive oil would still be the healthiest choice?
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