We promise that this will be the last post concerning either Dunkin’ Donuts or trans fats for at least a week. Believe us, we’re feeling as worn down by these perennials as you are, so unless Dunkie’s opens a store on the moon or trans fats are found to be secretly healthy, we shan’t speak of them again in August. Really, we wouldn’t have even mentioned them today, except that there is big news!
In May, we reported that Dunkin Donuts had been attempting to create a tasty trans-fat free donut since 2004 with no success. Excitingly, they have finally succeeded, as the company announced yesterday that by October 15th, Dunkin’ Donuts menus nationwide will be free of trans fats. Well…mostly. As the Associated Press reports, Dunkie’s is actually offering donuts with “zero grams of trans fat”, not “trans fat free” donuts. The difference? Federal regulations allow any food with less than half a gram of trans fats to categorize itself as having zero grams of trans fat. The federal government is, as it turns out, a fan of rounding.
Apparently, the low trans fat donuts have been blindly taste-tested in 400 stores nationwide. The new donuts will be available in all Dunkie’s by October 15. We, for one, are looking forward to trying them. What do you think? Will they taste like the regular hyper-unhealthy kind?
Dunkin’ Donuts Announces Zero Grams Trans Fat Menu To Be Available Nationwide By October 15 [Dunkin’ Donuts]
Dunkin’ Donuts to Slash Trans Fats [Boston Globe]