Fast Food Trans-Fat Content Varies by Location

mclogo.jpgAccordng to the Seattle Times, the trans fat content of McDonald’s food varies significantly according to the country it’s being served in. This is slighly surprising given the uniformity that McDonalds and other fast food franchises are known for. Acording to a study a large fries and chicken nuggets combo in the US has more than 3 times the trans-fat as the same product in many European countries. The cost difference dosn’t seem to be significant and McDonald’s claims the differences are caused by “taste differences” among populations. This is weird since I’ve never noticed a difference among any of the many international McDonald’s I’ve sampled (in earlier days). So what’s going on? Is this a supply chain problem? Or someone being lazy?

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Prior to TriplePundit Nick worked for Mother Jones magazine, successfully re-launching the magazine's online presence. He worked for, managing the technical side of the publication for 3 years and has also been an active consultant for individuals and companies entering the world of micro-publishing. He earned his stripes working for Gawker Media and Moreover Technologies in the early days of blogging.

Nick holds an MBA in sustainable management from the Presidio School of Management and graduated with a BA in History from Washington University in St. Louis.