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  • Banning Trans-Fat at Disney Parks?

    There have been confirmed reports that Disney plans to eliminate all Trans-Fats in their food by 2008. Secondly, sources have said they plan to bring in more healthy options into their meals. I told this to my Aunt, and she thinks that Disney understands the influence of their characters on children, and decided they didn't want to have an endorsement with unhealthy sponsors (McDonald's, anyone?). Even though this is great for them, I find it a little ironic since Disneyland smells like Candy whenever I go there. What do you think?


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    Re: Banning Trans-Fat at Disney Parks?

    If they make the food healthier they better make it cheaper too (to compensate for the change in taste)


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      Re: Banning Trans-Fat at Disney Parks?

      I wonder if Disney saw the movie "Super Size Me" and decided to do this to avoid getting sued.


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        Will they also down size the portions while increasing their price?

        I think portions are huge at table service places in general. It'd be nice if more places offered half portions.
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          Re: Banning Trans-Fat at Disney Parks?

          Offering half-portions would be a good idea, as well as keeping the portions they have available, that way there is something for everyone.

          As for downsizing their prices, I doubt it. Disney makes a lot of money from the food they sell too, so they would lose revenue.


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            Re: Banning Trans-Fat at Disney Parks?

            I'm happy that they're ridding themselves of trans-fats. Very admirable.




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              Re: Banning Trans-Fat at Disney Parks?

              The next step for them should be to replace Candy and Ice Cream with Nonfat Frozen Yogurt and Fruit Sorbet with no added sugar, as well as get rid of soda.


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                Re: Banning Trans-Fat at Disney Parks?

                Originally posted by TheRockr View Post
                The next step for them should be to replace Candy and Ice Cream with Nonfat Frozen Yogurt and Fruit Sorbet with no added sugar, as well as get rid of soda.
                Hey hey hey!

                Just because they're getting rid of trans-fats doesn't mean they should rid themselves of all yummy sugary substances. Everyone's going to get quite confused and angry if they come to Disneyland and can't have ice cream, cotton candy or churros.

                They should find healthy ways to altering what makes up the foods in Disneyland, but that doesn't mean they should get rid of foods altogether.




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                • #9
                  Re: Banning Trans-Fat at Disney Parks?

                  Anything that can reduce health problems in Park guests and not damage the flavor or quality of prepared foods would be welcome, of course, provided it doesn't negatively affect the cost of food production or consumption. Reduction of standard portion sizes would also be a good idea, but Guests should also be provided with the option to choose larger sizes if desired. Also, the more healthy food options available to Guests there are, the better. But it would be foolish for Disneyland to deny Guests foods that are popular and well-liked, even if they are unhealthy.

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                    Re: Banning Trans-Fat at Disney Parks?

                    This report is confirmed. I attended a lecture by Marty Sklar this past week in Chicago. He talked about how Disney is starting an initiative to make their food choices at the parks healthier to help parents help their kids eat better. This plan includes offering 2% milk and water beverages at counters in place of soda pop. You can still get soda and other "bad" foods, but you now have to specifically ask for them. This is quite a drastic yet much needed change of food service plans for the parks. I look forward to seeing its long term impact. Disney is really using their PC clout for something good and it's welcome. Now, if they can only revert their PC changes to Pirates....

                    I've also seen more Disney characters showing up on produce at our local markets. I just got a bag of black seedless grapes and was delighted to find Mickey and his pals on the front of it with the label, Disney Gardens. They come from a separate farm, but it's still nice to know Disney is branding on healthy food.
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                    • #11
                      Re: Banning Trans-Fat at Disney Parks?

                      A lot of these options have already been implemented at the park.. just think of the kids meal at Tomorrowland terrace - it comes with carrots, unless you specifically ask for fries...

                      A lot of what the news around here has been talking about is Disney no longer lending characters to sugary cereals and food that is found at the grocery stores...
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                        Re: Banning Trans-Fat at Disney Parks?

                        Originally posted by SplashMoun10 View Post
                        If they make the food healthier they better make it cheaper too (to compensate for the change in taste)

                        Yea, and this quote right there makes me realize how imperative it is that Disney implements this asap.

                        Just because food is healthier doesn't mean it's going to 'taste bad', which is what I assume ur implying. Personally I don't find a greasy burger covered and dripping in fat all that delicious anyways. Flavor isn't created by Transfat, it's all in the recipe.

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                          Re: Banning Trans-Fat at Disney Parks?

                          Originally posted by TheRockr View Post
                          I wonder if Disney saw the movie "Super Size Me" and decided to do this to avoid getting sued.
                          Probably not. Because if they did, then the decision would have been made around the time that documentary was released. Plus Morgans study was not completely accurate. In the film, Morgan ate more than the average sized portions McDonalds gave. His goal was to see if he could survive 30 Days on Big Mac meals. BUT at the same time he ordered more than big mac meals (milkshakes, salads, etc.) and always crammed his food down his mouth while eating. Of course he would get sick from that. Also, at different times during the film, Morgan said he was eating even though he was not hungry .

                          So I doubt this film had any impact on Disney's decision.

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                            Re: Banning Trans-Fat at Disney Parks?

                            why is it gonna take till 2008?!?!!?!?






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                              there gonna still have candy right! RIGHT!
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                                Re: Banning Trans-Fat at Disney Parks?

                                Originally posted by mkm1998 View Post
                                . Flavor isn't created by Transfat, it's all in the recipe.
                                As a matter of fact, as I understand it, transfat actually coats you taste buds to mae it harder to taste the real flavors of food.

                                Trust me, I've had my issues with food, and this is what I've been told by a least a couple of different nutritionists.

                                To each their own, but there's nothing wrong with more, and healthier choices...yes, even at the DLR.

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                                  Originally posted by Disney Analyst View Post
                                  why is it gonna take till 2008?!?!!?!?
                                  Maybe it's gonna be a phase-out kinda deal. Like take it away one park at a time or something?

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                                  • #18
                                    Re: Banning Trans-Fat at Disney Parks?

                                    I think this is a great thing for Disney to do.

                                    Most people don't even know what trans fats are, so this will hopefully help inform the public of how dangerous this kind of fat is to your health.

                                    If you don't know, trans fats are found in partially hydrogenated vegetable oils, think Crisco. They are a major player in heart disease. It is recommended that you eat no more than 0-1% of trans fat in your total diet.

                                    If you read your food labels, trans fats are found cookies, crackers, bread, salad dressings, margarine, refried beans, fried foods...If it comes in a package it could have trans fats.

                                    Many food manufacturers have removed trans fats from their products, so it's pretty easy to eliminate them when you're buying food at the grocery store.

                                    But, since partially hydrogenated vegetable oils are much cheaper than other types of oil/fats they are still used in many restaurants.

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                                      Re: Banning Trans-Fat at Disney Parks?

                                      Great now I cant even go to DL and eat fatty foods first the school's now DL, who can you call the DL the happiest Place on earth if they dont even sell good tasting fatty foods? Its a stupid idea since most people that eat meals at DL are there for a day or 2 its not going to make them fact for eating that fatty food once of twice a year.
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                                        Re: Banning Trans-Fat at Disney Parks?

                                        Originally posted by JerrodDRagon View Post
                                        Great now I cant even go to DL and eat fatty foods first the school's now DL, who can you call the DL the happiest Place on earth if they dont even sell good tasting fatty foods? Its a stupid idea since most people that eat meals at DL are there for a day or 2 its not going to make them fact for eating that fatty food once of twice a year.
                                        I doubt that Disneyland will eliminate all of the "bad" food. They make way to much money from it. I think what they will try to do is have more choices available. You'll still be able to buy your churro and cotton candy, but at least now if you want something with lower fat or a healthier alternative you will have it. Having options is never a bad thing.




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