KFC Joins the Trans-Fat Fight

The company's switch to a soybean-based oil is a step in the right direction, even if the impact on Americans' eating habits is limited

Do consumers consider trans-fat finger lickin' good? KFC, in aiming for a healthier, non-trans-fat version of its fried chicken, is betting that healthy arteries will trump the expense of more frequent frying oil changes. KFC Corp., a division of Yum! Brands (YUM), said on Oct. 30 that it's converting its 5,500 restaurants to zero grams trans-fat cooking oil by switching to a soybean-based alternative.

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