Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Starbucks: Trans fat out. Caffeine still in

The world's largest specialty coffee retailer has been working to eliminate trans fats from its food menu for about two years, said a spokesperson on Tuesday.

Standalone Starbucks stores in Seattle, Washington; San Francisco, California; Chicago, Illinois; Los Angeles, California; San Diego, California; Boston, Massachusetts; New York; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Washington; and Portland, Oregon will have zero trans fats in their food beginning Wednesday.

Starbucks plans to eventually drop the artery-clogging fats from company-operated coffeehouses across the country.

Trans fats, listed on food labels as partially hydrogenated vegetable oil, are believed to be harmful because they wreak havoc on cholesterol levels.

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