BOISE, Idaho — Albertsons LLC yesterday announced that all of its service deli departments are now using non-hydrogenated, trans fat-free oils for frying foods such as their chicken tenders, potato wedges, crispy wings and Signature Fried Chicken. “At Albertsons the security and freshness of our products is our highest priority. We are continuously exploring new methods of providing our customers healthy products for themselves and their families,” Bob Miller, chief executive officer of Albertsons, said in a release. Albertsons’ announcement builds on the growing trend of supermarket delis and quick-service restaurants phasing out partially hydrogenated cooking oils, and switching to non-hydrogenated options such as canola oil for their fryers. Doctors now believe that the trans fats contained in partially hydrogenated oils contribute to heart disease and are significantly worse for the heart and circulatory system than vegetable fats or saturated fats such as lard or butter.
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