I have just read something from a study conducted here in my homeland Denmark about trans-fatty acids in fast food. I thought I would share it, also to get your opinion, since this is the only US web-forum that I write in.
Here is a quote from the study:
"An intake of trans-fatty acids of 5 grams per day is associated with an increase of 25% in the risk of ischemic heart disease. In 2004 Denmark, as the first country in the world, introduced a limitation on the content of industrially produced trans-fatty acids in foods. The amount in a "high-trans menu" consisting of popular foods was, from 2001 to 2005, reduced in Denmark from 30 g to < 1 g. The amount in the same menu bought in countries within and outside the European Union is 20-40 g. During a period of just a few years, Denmark has thus eliminated a risk factor for ischemic heart disease without noticeable side effects for consumers. This risk factor is, however, still present in many other countries."
The trans-fatty acids are in fact hardned grease that is in your burger and fries when you buy it at McD, or your chicken from KFC. What they did were buy - fx - a box of large fries at McD in different countries. In NY there are 23% T-F in the fries, in Chicago 22%, in Atlanta 19%, in London 16%, in Italy 14%, in Germany 10%, in Canada 6% and in Denmark 0.8%
There are more figures, but this should give you the impresion. I think it's pretty insane that the companies makes extra provenues from putting more grease in our fastfood, if it is infact possible for them to bring it down.
By the way here's a link to the study, but unfortunatly it is in danish so you wouldn't be able to read it. I just list it for reference: