ARAMARK ON … Saturated Fats and Transfats
ARAMARK believes consumers should make sound decisions about the foods included in a healthy eating plan. We are committed to seeking out and providing a wide range of choices to help consumers manage their consumption of trans fats and saturated fats, which contribute to obesity and other health problems.
ARAMARK works closely with suppliers, managers, dietitians, chefs and consumers to find the most innovative, most tasteful and most reliable solutions for all of our operations.
- According to the medical community, both trans fats and saturated fats increase the amount of "bad" (LDL) cholesterol in blood, shown to increase the risk of heart disease. However, some research has shown that trans fats also decrease the "good" (HDL) cholesterol, which may increase the risk of heart disease even more.
- Commercially packaged food items sold at ARAMARK-managed locations report trans fat information on the nutritional label, consistent with the January 2006 FDA regulation requirements. The FDA does not set a limit on the amount of trans fats in food, processed or otherwise. The labeling is meant to inform consumers that trans fats are present in the packaged products, as a component of the total fat content.
- The majority of ARAMARK recipes use fresh ingredients, not commercially packaged products. We seek to use fresh and healthy ingredients that do not have hydrogenated oils, a primary source of trans fats.
- ARAMARK proprietary consumer research has shown that customers are becoming more concerned with trans fats in the foods they purchase. Because of these findings, ARAMARK has been proactively working with manufacturers to identify and reduce saturated fats and trans fats in recipe ingredients and prepared foods at all of the company’s dining locations.
- Many ARAMARK-managed locations across the United States already use fryer oil that is "zero grams trans fat" (defined by the FDA as 0.5 grams per serving or less), and the conversion to zero grams trans fat fryer oil will continue. All ARAMARK dining accounts in the U.S. will complete that conversion by the end of the first quarter of 2007.
- ARAMARK is identifying and testing other products that reduce or eliminate trans fats and will comply with all governing legislation regarding trans fats in products and recipes served at the on-site restaurants the company manages.
- To further understand saturated and trans fats and the effects they have on health, ARAMARK has produced several communication pieces to share with employees, clients and consumers.
- In addition, ARAMARK has created several popular and award-winning programs to help consumers choose foods based on individual taste preferences and health needs.
- ARAMARK is fully committed to providing fresh and healthy food options and educational programs to help consumers make the best -and healthiest -away-from-home dining selections.