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Your Dunkin’ Donut: Filled with Jelly But Not Trans Fat

Filed Under: Announcements & News at 3:04 pm | By: Susan Coyle, Senior Editor
DoughnutsAccording to, well, themselves, America runs on Dunkin’. But having spent several hours in Arkansas searching for a Dunkin’ Donuts (there aren’t any) and having made more than one pit stop at Dunkin’ Donuts before an early morning trip, I’m inclined to agree. America loves Dunkin’ Donuts, and now we can love it with a little less guilt. Last Monday, Dunkin’ Donuts announced that all of their menu choices (doughnuts included) will have zero grams of trans fat by October 15.  This announcement follows a four month period in which 400 Dunkin’ Donuts throughout the country served 0-gram-trans-fat doughnuts to their customers in a blind taste test. And since no one in those restaurants complained or even knew, it looks like they passed the test. Trans fat has left early-morning fast food, but taste hasn’t.  And, that’s great, because now your breakfast treats will have a little less guilt . . . but they won’t be completely guiltless.

You have to remember that getting rid of trans fat does not eliminate all the ingredients that make our bodies cringe. It only gets rid of one, and not necessarily all the way. The Federal government allows companies to label products as “zero trans fat” if a serving size has less than .5 grams.  While that may seem fine (less than .5 is a seemingly negligible amount), think about all the times you’ve had more than one serving size in a sitting. All the little .2s and .4s start to add up. Suddenly you’ve had more than the recommended 2 gram maximum per day. If this happens regularly, you could start experiencing the negative effects of trans fat, namely low good cholesterol and high bad cholesterol. So even when a label proclaims no trans fat, you have to be aware that there may be some. And you have to be even more aware that there are still harmful ingredients in that product. Saturated fat, sugar, sodium . . . they’re all still there. Read the labels carefully and base your purchases on all of the numbers not just one zero.


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