Dunkin' Donuts To Eliminate Most Trans Fat By October 15

Dunkin’ Donuts will announce tomorrow that over 50 menu items, including donuts, will become virtually trans fat free by October 15. The donut maker is relying on a reformulated cooking oil made from palm, soybean, and cottonseed oils. Over 400 locations secretly tested the new formula over the past four months, and according to Dunkin’, “we got no negative consumer feedback, and we sold 50 million doughnuts in that time.” The CSPI reacted favorably to the news, saying:

“It’s good news that they’re dropping most, if not quite all, trans fat,” said Jeff Cronin, spokesman for the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a Washington-based nonprofit. “If Dunkin’ Donuts can do that, anyone can.”

But Cronin cautioned that when it comes to Dunkin’s doughnuts, “we’re still talking about a food that’s mostly white flour, sugar, and fat.”

Though the AP headline boasts, “Dunkin’ Donuts Going Free Of Trans Fat,” the article notes: “Dunkin’ isn’t claiming it will become “trans fat free,” but does say any trans fat in foods including doughnuts, croissants, muffins and cookies will fall below half a gram per serving.”

Donuts may not be health food yet, but at least they are no longer such potent heart attack bait. Now if only they would tell us how calories they contain

Dunkin’ Donuts Going Free Of Trans Fat [AP]
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  1. doctor_cos wants you to remain calm says:

    To quote Homer J. Simpson…”Woo-hoo!”
    Now if they would bring back the biscuits & gravy they quit selling because they didn’t sell well (because they weren’t on their menu)…

  2. acambras says:

    Dunkin Donuts’ website has nutritional information for all their stuff, so you CAN find out how many calories are in a donut.

    I was very sad when I realized that their yummy peanut butter & chocolate chunk cookies have about 600 calories each. I guess that’s why they’re so yummy. :-(

  3. evilrobot says:

    do frequent consumers of dunkin donuts really care what type of fat grams they are consuming?

    seriously.

    i think we have bigger societal nutritional issues than regular vs. trans fats.

  4. HYDRAULICMONSTER says:

    I’m just hoping that people aren’t going to start thinking that Dunkin’ Donuts are suddenly healthier.

    People, Donuts are a desert, not a breakfast food. If it has icing, sprinkles, chocolate or powdered sugar on top it’s a cake, not a bagel or bowl of oatmeal in convenient hand held form.

    Almost makes me wish that donuts were still just plain fried dough that you bought to dunk in your coffee.
    You know, like it was in the good old days when a healthy breakfast was a slab of ham, three eggs, toast with jam, and a glass of whole milk fresh from the cow.

    Someday soon science will find out that bowls of mush are bad for you, and as soon as that happens somebody will start pouring half a pound of sugar and a pig’s worth of lard into them and start selling them across the country, making himself rich.

  5. ironchef says:

    @evilrobot:

    Think of all the lives of cops it will save.

  6. Hexum2600 says:

    @evilrobot: The point here is that we’re seeing the important shift that some of us have wanted for a long time… when you see even the worst of the worst (in terms of healthy for you, not taste) making changes in their formulations, we’re seeing a shift in the culture of our country towards a more health conscious, self-maintaining lifestyle as a whole.

    We’re weak creatures, primarily because of our physical frailties. Given enough time, most of us can overcome our other weaknesses, especially the ones that experience and education solve, but we’re severely restricted on the time that we have. By no means is healthier eating going to double or triple our lifespan, but attention to our physical weaknesses will make us aware of the things we can readily fix.

    Now, if we can just get those damn replicators to work, we wont have to worry so much about material goods.

    In the words of Johnny Storm… Flame on!

  7. RokMartian says:

    @evilrobot: That’s what I was thinkin’. Kind of like putting a longer filter on a cigarette.

  8. Red_Eye says:

    Well at least they are being forthright that like all other “Less than 0grams trans fat” food they are counting on the FDA alllowing them to round .49999999 grams down to 0.

  9. WV.Hillbilly says:

    HEXUM2600 said: “The point here is that we’re seeing the important shift that some of us have wanted for a long time..”

    That people that are much smarter than the rest of us know what’s best for everybody.

  10. Dervish says:

    Well, they say that they had no negative consumer feedback…but I’ve never tasted an inoffensive TFA-free fry shortening. Palm always gives me an off taste.

  11. enm4r says:

    The danger here is that with the trans fat hype, people now think that so long as they aren’t eating trans fats, they’re eating healthy food. This is horribly mistaken, but at some point the effort to educate seems to be too great.

  12. JMH says:

    @HYDRAULICMONSTER: And it’s not like bagels are really all that healthy, especially considering how much butter or cream cheese you usually see on them.

  13. quagmire0 says:

    I don’t really see the point. Anyone with half a brain knows they aren’t good for you, so why alter the taste of something that is just as bad with or without trans fat? If you really want to save lives, limit the number of donuts people can buy per day and make them register for a donut card ;).

  14. thepounder says:

    I can’t say as I’m too concerned really, because I’d eat their doughnuts anyway, with or without the eeeeevil trans fats.

    We’re all going to die anyhow, so eat what you please and if you get fat, don’t whine about it like you had no idea what rubbish you were shoveling into your gaping maw.

    I have maybe three or four doughnuts a month on average… I can’t say it’s going to be the death of me really. However, advertising this “Trans Fat Free” stuff like this has become a cultural thing in America, as if to say “if you’re not with us, then you are against us!” It’s a shame that it’s come to this, when there’s homeless people all over the place and all the big cities seem to be worried about is eradicating trans fat… at least that’s all that’s in the news anyway. I bet a homeless guy wouldn’t care if a doughnut you gave him had trans fat in it.

  15. Hexum2600 says:

    Wait, was that sarcasm? I AM smarter than the “rest of us”.

    Was your comment a joke WV>HillBilly? I didn’t get it.

  16. Ola says:

    This brings up an interesting point. What would requiring nutritional information to be listed on a menu do to “secret tests” like this? Regular customers may easily notice a jump of a certain # of calories, sort of ruining the objectivity of the test.

  17. Chicago7 says:

    Trans fats are really, really bad you, though. They apparently congeal in your arteries, leading to heart attacks and strokes.

    Heart disease IS still the number 1 killer in the USA, IIRC.

  18. Dervish says:

    @Chicago7: True, but like Enm4r said above, a lot of people may use this as a license to eat more donuts than they would otherwise, since they’re now “better for you,” just as with the lowfat craze in the 90’s.

    In some cases at least, if it’s not trans fat, it’s saturated fats – and those aren’t very good for you either (although apparently not to the degree of trans fats).

    Everything in moderation. It doesn’t really affect me, because I rarely eat donuts and I live a healthy lifestyle overall.