Trans fats raise the LDL (low-density lipoprotein), or bad cholesterol levels in the blood and lower the HDL (high-density lipoprotein), or good cholesterol. The consumers are aware and conscious now.Trans fat can be eliminated by switching to vegetable oils such as canola, corn, olive or soy.But such a move was resisted by the food chains and restaurants long enough because it is more expensive than staying with hydrogenated vegetable oil, which doesn’t spoil and can be used repeatedly for frying.

Not anymore.The multinational money spinning food chains can no longer afford to ignore the trend, particularly when the state is also making laws to control any injury to public heath by use of ingredients in food known to harm human health.

In recent weeks, New York health authorities said they would like to make all restaurant fare trans fat-free. Chicago officials have talked about such a ban. Immediately several regional restaurant chains say they have already made the conversion.

This past summer, Wendy’s International Inc. (WEN) switched to trans fat-free cooking. Earlier this month, Walt Disney Co. (DIS) said that food sold in its theme parks and resorts will be trans fat-free by the end of next year.McDonald’s Corp. (MCD) and Burger King, a unit of Burger King Holdings Inc. (BKC), are known to be testing various oils to similarly reduce or eliminate trans fats from their food, particularly french fries.Can KFC be far behind?

KFC’s announcement said all 5,500 of its U.S. restaurants will switch to the low-linolenic oil by next April. In recent months, a number of franchisees have quietly made the switch. KFC Canada announced today that by early next year all 786 restaurants across the country will be using a new trans-fat-free canola cooking oil, virtually eliminating trans fat from items on the menu.

This is a heathy step to health.This is a silent victory of consumer awareness. We say no to artery clogging trans fat. We say no to obesity and heart disease.

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