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ain particular flavor.

McDonald's says the different amounts of trans fat are used in different countries and or locations because particular frying oil renders a flavor that the local people like most, news media reported.

McDonald's claims that it works diligently to reduce partially hydrogenated oil or trans fat levels in its fries. McDonald's promised long time ago to reduce trans fats, but it failed to deliver its promise. Because of this, McDonald's actually got sued at least once over its failed promise.

Earlier in February of this year, McDonald's said a new test method showed one super-sized serving of fries contains 8 grams of artery-clogging trans fats and the total fat is 30 grams. This is compared with 6 grams of trans fat and 25 grams of total fat that were previously estimated. McDonald's said the nutrition information was updated on its website soon after the new level of trans fat was found.

Trans fat, often labeled as partially hydrogenated vegetable oil, is widely used not only in fries, but also in restaurants and processed foods such as cake, cookies, chips, vegetable shortening, crackers and other snack foods.

Trans fat is well known to raise bad cholesterol and lower the good cholesterol, which are linked with cardiovascular disease including heart disease and stroke. Trans fat may also affect learning ability and cognitive capability as recent studies suggest.

30,000 people prematurely die each year due to consumption of trans fat, Harvard School of Public Health nutrition and epidemiology scientists said. Epidemiologic evidence suggests the death number could be as high as 100,000 a year.

Experts suggest that the safe level for trans fats is zero. Starting in January 2006, food manufacturers are required to label the content of trans fat on the nutrition label.

But one thing about the trans fat labeling worth one's notice is that zero trans fat on
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