Originally posted by renfrewI dont think anyone honestly thinks that fried food is a healthier choice than say fresh veggies and brown rice. However, there are levels of healthiness in fried food. I would prefer to eat a piece of fried chicken that is trans-fat free than one that has an abundance of trans-fat. I am sure the plaintiffs did not just decide to sue KFC one day. This was probably an option after the normal lobbying efforts (phone calls, letter writing, etc) failed to convince KFC to change their cooking oil in favor of one that was more healthful.
So many fast food chains have vowed to cut their trans-fat usage. Seems that KFC was one of the holdouts and this lawsuit will make them change their minds, even if they officially "win" the case.
The reason KFC (and other chains, as well as roadfood worthy establishments) use hydrogenated oils is simple. They're cheaper than healthier alternatives for a variety of reasons:
They cost less to buy. Just go to any grocery store and see for yourselves.
They're solid. So? So tip over a can of Crisco. Big deal. Now tip over a bottle of canola oil.
They don't break down as quickly, so they can be reused more.
KFC, like any other business, is in it for profits. If you're concerned about the use of trans fats in fried food, go somewhere else or don't eat fried food. They'll lose profits and change thier ways, or they'll do what they choose and you'll happily eat somewhere else. I love this country when it works. Have you noticed that Subway still runs commercials with Jarod, that guy who lost a couple hundred pounds by eating Subway sandwiches (and EXERCISING)? Why not eat at Subway? I've eaten at Subway YEARS before anyone ever heard of Jarod because it's good food cheap, at least to me.
I see Wendy's is advertising healthier cooking coming soon, too. I used to eat at Wendy's salad bars because I could pig out for about $5 and get nourished in the bargain, but they had to take those down after they got sued by some idiot who was allegedly told that the Jell-o they offered was vegetarian. Any moron who can read a list of ingredients on a box of Jell-o knows that Jell-o is made with animal by-products!
Even if KFC doesn't change their ways, you've got choices. That implies taking responsibility for your own lives rather than surrendering your lives to Big Brother. Sounds like a plan to me!