JD Wetherspoon has become the latest company to pledge to reduce the level of harmful trans-fats in its food.
The pub chain today announced that it is moving to virtually trans-fat free cooking oil – the oil used will have a minuscule 0.8% trans-fat per 100ml – at all its pubs by the end of this month.
Wetherspoon said the move came after scientific studies showed use of hydrogenated cooking oils that contain trans-fats increased coronary heart disease and diabetes risk in humans.
James Robinson, food development manager at Wetherspoon, said: “This is an important step by the company and highlights its commitment to preparing and serving healthy food to its customers.”
Robinson said the company’s cooking oils had saturated fats levels below those recommended by the World Health Organisation.
Domino’s Pizza, KFC and McDonald’s have all moved to end or reduce the incidence of trans-fats in their products in recent months.
By Chris Druce
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