Swedish McDonalds healthier than US and UK

McDonalds meals in Stockholm have less than half the amount of dangerous trans fats than exactly the same meal would contain in New York.

An international survey by Danish researchers showed that a Chicken McNugget and fries meal that contained 11 grams of trans fats in New York and 9 grams in England contained only 5 grams of the unsaturated fat in Sweden.

However, for a really low-fat fast food experience, head across Öresund to Denmark. Danish authorities have banned food that contains more than 2 grams of trans fats per 100 grams, and a Danish Chicken McNugget meal contained only half a gram of the fats.

The results were contained in a survey conducted by the Gentofte University Hospital in Denmark, and published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Trans fats have been widely used in the fast food industry to replace saturated fats. It has since been shown, however, that trans fats cause coronary heart disease and other cardiovascular conditions.

Denmark’s restrictions on trans fats are now being challenged by the European Commission, which says they are a hinder to free trade.