Disney made its announcement in October. And at that time, Busch responded by pointing out that it had already dumped trans fats at its parks.
From the Universal press release:
Beginning December 24, adults and children will find a healthier approach to eating at Universal's U.S. theme parks. Healthy side dishes and trans-fat-free foods will be widely available throughout all the theme parks.
Universal’s theme parks will now offer healthy side choices for both adults and children at most of its food units. Kid’s meals come with a choice of fruit or trans-fat-free fries and adults will be able to select from either a side salad or trans-fat-free fries. Healthy beverage choices are also available at many locations throughout the parks.
Universal Orlando’s Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios theme parks and Universal Studios Hollywood will also begin cooking and frying with 100 percent trans-fat-free oil throughout most of their facilities. Universal will also work to make nutritional information about its foods available to guests, and is targeting the end of 2007 to be entirely trans-fat free for all its food offerings.
This puts Universal on a more aggressive schedule than Disney, which promised to eliminate trans fat by 2008 (though it lags Busch, which is already there.)
Still waiting to hear from Six Flags and Cedar Fair....
As background, trans fats occur in trace amounts in animal products, but are widely added to margarine and other oils and fats to make them last longer. If you see the words "partially hydrogenated" in the ingredient list of a product, you can be pretty sure it's got trans fat in it.
Trans fat does lots of proven nasty things to your body, including reducing good cholesterol, increasing bad cholesterol and increasing your likelihood of obesity and heart disease. (Personally, whenever I eat anything with trans fat in it anymore, I get that heavy "food hangover" feeling right away, which just isn't there when I eat fries cooked in non-trans fat oil, or baked goods made with real butter and not margarine.)
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