Carlson Hotels Worldwide said that by the
end of 2007 it would no longer prepare foods using shortening
containing artificial trans fats, widely viewed as a contributor to
heart disease and other ailments.
encompasses some 625 hotels under such brands as Radisson Hotels
& Resorts, Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts, Country Inns &
Suites By Carlson and Park Inn hotels throughout the U.S., Canada,
the Caribbean and South America.
"We care about
our guests and are focused on providing healthy choices for their
stay, whether it be in our restaurants, guestroom or even our
fitness and recreational facilities," explained Yvonne La
Penotiere, president of Carlson Hotels Worldwide-the Americas.
"Eating healthy should be an option whether at home, traveling for
business or even on vacation."
Loews Hotels and Marriot International, which announced similar
plans earlier in the year.
JetBlue, the Walt
Disney Co., Universal Parks & Resorts, Crystal Cruises and
Royal Caribbean Cruises have also taken steps to reduce or
eliminate the use of trans fats. Carnival Cruise Lines, meanwhile,
removed cooking oils containing trans fats about two years ago and
is looking into further reductions.
According to the
American Heart Association, eating trans fats, or partially
hydrogenated oils, increases a person's risk of developing heart
disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes.
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