Dunkin' Donuts Will Cut the Trans Fat

New oil won't clog arteries but will still make you fat
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 27, 2007 7:40 AM CDT
Frankie Morris, left, fills a costumer's order at the Dunkin' Donuts store, in Franklin, Tenn., in this Oct. 19, 2006 file photo. Dunkin' Donuts is trying to refresh its image by pledging to largely eliminate...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Dunkin' Donuts says it will eliminate nearly all trans fat from items on its menu by October 15—including the doughnuts. The chain will switch to a more heart-friendly blend of palm, soybean and cottonseed oils. But the company itself cautions consumers to keep the move  in perspective. "Certainly, we did not create a healthy doughnut," says a Dunkin' exec.

Still, consumer advocates are pleased. "If Dunkin' Donuts can do that, anyone can," says a spokesman for a nutrition advocacy group. Starbucks is hot on Dunkin's heels, promising to cut out trans fat in the US by the end of the year. Krispy Kreme says it hopes to do the same, but hasn't set a date.