News

Burger King to offer lower-fat fries

Burger King to offer lower-fat fries

Burger King says it will launch lower-fat French fries. Photo: clipart.com

(Reuters) – Burger King Worldwide Inc, known for its “Whopper” hamburgers, is introducing lower-fat French fries, as consumer groups in the United States increase pressure on the food industry to offer healthier alternatives.

The hamburger chain said on its website late on Monday it had come up with fries containing 40 percent less fat and 30 percent fewer calories than those sold by its arch rival McDonald’s Corp.

McDonald’s could not immediately be reached for comment by Reuters outside regular U.S. business hours.

More than one-third of Americans are obese and about 10 percent of the nation’s healthcare bill is tied to obesity- related diseases, such as Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and hypertension, according to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.

As a result, health and parents’ groups are lobbying to try to bring about change in the U.S. food and beverage industries.

Last week, First Lady Michelle Obama asked television and food company executives at a White House gathering to sell youngsters on healthy food with the pitch: “If anyone can make our kids eat their vegetables, it’s all of you.

In 2011, the Federal Trade Commission failed to get food and beverage makers to agree to voluntary guidelines on marketing to children. Since then, there have been various initiatives by individual companies or business coalitions to reduce calories in their products or set a code of conduct on marketing.

Recent Headlines

in Local

Rauner Speaks to Chicago City Council

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, left, shakes the hand of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, right, before Rauner's address to the city council Wednesday, May 6, 2015, in Chicago. The historic address, the first by a sitting governor in the council's chambers, focused on the city's and state's financial and economic challenges. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Gov. Bruce Rauner tried to sell his so-called "turnaround agenda" to a reluctant audience Wednesday: the Chicago City Council.

in Local

Democrats Slam Rauner in IRMA Speeches

cullerton2

One of the top Democrats at the state Capitol says Gov. Bruce Rauner is showing he does not know everything.

in Local

Agriculture is 2015 Illinois State Fair Theme

5-6-15 Illinois State Fair Theme

"Growing Illinois" is the theme of the 2015 Illinois State Fair.

in Local

Marijuana Fine Bill Passes Senate Committee

marijuana

The measure made it through the Illinois House last week.

in Local

House Dems Against Rauner Cuts, House GOP Neutral

state_capitol_1

Illinois House Democrats have sent a clear message to Gov. Bruce Rauner that they disagree with his proposed cuts to human services in next year's budget.