Over recent years many fast food restaurants have been taking the plunge to offer either healthier food to weight conscious customers.
While not all of them have added what you would call “healthy” choices to their menu, some have taken other avenues such as getting
rid of the trans fatty oil their food is prepared with. KFC and Taco Bell are some of the largely known chains that got rid of trans
fat oils in 2007. Wendy’s beat them to it the year before.

However, two of the largest fast food chains have been slacking - McDonald’s and Burger King. McDonald’s at least started using
trans fatty free oil to prepare their French fries last May. They are supposed to make the change for baked goods, pies, and more by the
end of the year. However, it looks as if Burger King will win the race here. They had planned on doing the same by the end of the year,
but they expected to be completely trans fatty oil free
by the first of November. I’ve not been able to find a newer source of information yet to confirm this has taken place.

As for offering entirely new, healthy choices, many fast foods have done this recently as well. I’m sure you’ve seen the parfaits
and apple slices at McDonald’s by now. They’ve been doing that for a while now. Who would have ever thought a donut shop would
offer healthy choices, though? Did you know Dunkin’ Donuts is doing just that? That’s right, if you’re a sucker for a Dunkin’ Donuts
coffee in the morning, you don’t have to be tempted by the jelly filled, fat crammed donuts anymore. You’ll be able to choose from
things like a turkey sausage, egg white, flatbread sandwich or a multi-grain bagel off their new

If you’re always on the go and live in California, you’ll soon be the lucky few who will be able to make better meal choices
at fast food restaurants. Beginning next July, all chains that have at least 20 location will be required to disclose health information
on standard items (those that are available at least six months out of the year). The information required will be at least
the calories, salt, fat, and carbohydrates in each dish or drink! Hopefully other states will follow suit soon.


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