Back in June, Wendy’s made a big announcement that they were switching to a new non-hydrogenated cooking oil that has “zero grams of trans fat per serving.” Trans fats are considered heart-unhealthy because they raise bad cholesterol and lower good cholesterol.
So, it was indeed good news to hear that Wendy’s french fries would only have 0.5 grams of trans fat, no matter which size you bought — small, medium, or large. [See press release.]
The big surprise is the amount of trans fat actually found in those fries based on independent laboratory tests.
*MOUSE PRINT: According to the November issue of Consumer Reports, test results from two different laboratories reveal the actual amount of trans fats found in a serving of Wendy’s large french fries averaged 2.5 grams — or five times the claimed amount.
Wendy’s stands by their claims saying they “rigorously tested and analyzed the fat content of its fries working with an independent laboratory.” [See video link in this story.]
Since as consumers, we have no way of knowing whether nutritional claims made for products are true or not, we have to rely on the information presented by the seller. While no one should confuse french fries with a health food, the new Wendy’s fries are still healthier than their old ones, but apparently just not as low in trans fat as the company claims.