Universal Parks & Resorts will add
healthier side dishes to its food menus at its theme parks in the
U.S. -- Universal Orlando's Islands of Adventure and Universal
Studios theme parks in Orlando and Universal Studios Hollywood in
Los Angeles -- for both adults and children beginning Dec. 24.
The new adult
food selections include salads and trans fat-free French fries,
while the children's menus have fruits and or trans fat-free fries.
Healthier beverage choices also will be added to the
In addition in
2007, the three parks will also begin cooking and frying with 100%
trans fat-free oil throughout most of their facilities, the park
operator said, and by the end of the year, the parks intend to be
trans fat-free in all facilities.
Universal said it will work to make nutritional information about
its food options available to guests.
guests healthier options and trans fat-free cooking is the right
thing to do," said Universal Parks & Resorts executive chef
Steven Jayson. "We want our guests to feel good about the food they
eat when they visit our theme parks. And we know choice is
important to them. That's why our program is about choices rather
Universal is the
latest major hospitality company to announce plans to remove trans
fats from its foods.
month, Loews Hotels said it would no longer serve foods prepared
with the artificial trans fat at its 18 properties across the U.S.
and Canada and plans to eliminate the fats by June 2007.
Trans fat can be
found in shortening and margarine and also are ingredients in such
foods as doughnuts, cookies, most pastries, other processed foods
made with or fried in partially hydrogenated oils. Some trans fat
is found naturally in small amounts in various meats and dairy
indications that trans fat raises low density lipoprotein (or
"bad") cholesterol levels which can cause clogged arteries, heart
disease and stroke.
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