Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Trans Fat-Free KFC Doesn't Mean It's Healthy

KFC hedging its marketing bets on removing trans fat from its menu

Remember all the brew ha-ha over trans fat at KFC last year? Now they've taken it too far in the other direction.

Am I the only one who thinks the new KFC television commercials bragging about their food not having trans fat are over-the-top obnoxious? I'm mean, give me a break already. What is happening to our culture--are we a nation full of mind-numbed nincompoops who buy into everything the media says about health hook, line, and sinker?

What halfway intelligent-thinking person believes the food at the restaurant formerly known as Kentucky Fried Chicken is now suddenly "healthy" just because it allegedly doesn't have any trans fat? They're so proud of themselves, they even created this page about it on their web site. Oh joy!

It's pathetic, absolutely positively ridiculous. What is KFC thinking with all these ritarded people dancing around, making fools of themselves, celebrating that they can "have KFC again" now that their food is trans fat-free?

Watch this 15-second KFC ad to see what I'm talking about:

Utter nonsense! Sure, they've removed trans fat from their food just like every other restaurant chain has been on the bandwagon of doing since New York City instituted a citywide ban. It's disgusting to see all these restaurants tripping over each other to see who can ban trans fat next.

Popeye's just introduced a zero grams trans fat biscuit and Steak & Shake agreed to chop it from the food just this week to join McDonald's, Applebee's, Denny's, Wendy's, Taco Bell, and many others who have taken trans-fat phobia to the extreme. Yippee freakin' skippy!

Who's gonna be next to jump ship on that great evil we call trans fat? It's the hip thing to do ya know and guaranteed to give you tons of FREE publicity with all the headlines in the media. We've seen it happen time and time again this year and it'll keep on happening as long as people keep thinking removing trans fat from restaurant menus will make their food better for them.

Wanna know what's funny? Sure, everybody knows about trans fat now, but how many people had even heard of it three, four, or five years ago? I bet you'd get a lot of funny looks followed by a response like "trans what?" This is a prime example of how the media gets people so worked up over an issue that people become hysterical. Can you say global warming?

When is somebody gonna stand up and say enough is enough already?! The fact is, yes, trans fat is bad news, but so are excessive carbohydrates, sugars, and starchy foods. Add to that all the fast food, processed foods, and fast food for a truly unhealthy diet worse than anything trans fat could ever do to your body. So where's the outrage over this?

The longer we continue to ignore the carb connection to obesity, high triglycerides, insulin resistance, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and many other health ailments, our society will just keep getting fatter and sicker than we've ever been with no end in sight.

How is it that this issue is so easy to see staring us right in the face and yet nobody wants to do anything about it? When is a major restaurant chain gonna take a stand on the gobs of sugary, starchy, carb-loaded foods they are promoting on the menus? Hello? Are you brave enough to truly educate the public and provide them with genuinely healthy options?

Of course, this is America and businesses have the right to sell whatever they want to meet a consumer demand and make a profit. That's capitalism, the product of a free society, the very essence of what makes America great.

But if people knew the truth about what that food on their plate is doing to their bodies once it is consumed, then I don't think the restaurant industry could survive for very long. Some restaurants cater to people eating healthy (like Cracker Barrel), but most of them make their money on the carbohydrate-dense foods--French fries, pancakes, sugary sodas, and worse.

When is America gonna wake up and realize that we've got a lot more problems with restaurant food than just trans fat? It breaks my heart to see people thinking they are eating right and they don't even realize they are not. Chomping down on that trans fat-free bucket of chicken ain't gonna remove the double-digit carb counts that make you fat and sick!


Have you seen the ingredients list of the foods served at KFC? These so-called ZERO trans fat items have an ingredient in just about every single one of them known as partially hydrogenated soybean oil. Um, KFC, I hate to break it to you, but that would be TRANS FAT!!!

Sure, they'll claim they're allowed to round down if there is less than a half gram of trans fat. But it's dishonest to tell your customers you have "zero trans fat" when you've got partially hydrogenated anything in the ingredients.

This guy challenges KFC to fess up about their trans fat or else:

So the next time you see one of those KFC commercials with people overjoyed and excited about there being no trans fat in the food, remember this...that doesn't mean it's healthy. No trans fat is a good start. Now how about doing something about those excessive carbs?

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Blogger Science4u1959 said...

Half a gram of trans-fat or less? I seriously doubt it's only half a gram. Ever "dissected" one of these things? It's literally dripping with fat. Not that this would be a problem, if it wasn't bloody soybean oil (the worst "recommendation" these health "experts" could possibly make!) and hydrogenated soybean oil at that! They actually "improved" on this nutritional nightmare oil by hydrogenating it! Sigh.

Not to mention the breading, which is saturated with trans-fats, and adding gobs of unnecessary, empty carbs as well.

They could easily change it, of course, by using lard (as they used to do in the old days, before fat phobia hypnotized half the Western world) for frying and a egg/cassave protein mixture for the breading. But that never occurred to the "experts".

The best thing still is to steer clear of this junk. Because that's what it is, junk, plain and simple.

5/31/2007 3:01 AM  
Blogger TESS said...

Many peeople don't want to know Jimmy and that is the saddest thing of all.

5/31/2007 6:08 AM  
Blogger Jimmy Moore said...

The portion sizes of that "zero trans fat" chicken must be a nibble.

5/31/2007 7:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Correct me if I'm totally wrong here, but didn't McDonalds try to at one point use non-hydrogenated oils for their french fries only to quickly give it up because the fries no longer tasted like their famous fries? Doesn't seem to matter, does it? Once people get a taste, it's so hard to forget how delicious this poison is...

5/31/2007 9:33 AM  

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