TRENDSPOTTING

On the Menu in '07: Healthier Food

By Sean O'Neill, Thursday, Jan 11, 2007, 11:01 AM

Travelers' diets might become a little healthier this year. The reason? A slew of hotels, cruise ships, and theme parks are banning trans fats--partially hydrogenated oils believed to escalate the risk of heart attacks and strokes--from their restaurants. Last fall, The Walt Disney Company kick-started the trend by announcing it would quit using trans fats at its theme parks. In late December, Universal Parks & Resorts followed suit, banning ingredients containing trans fats at its three attractions in California and Florida.

Loews is the first hotel chain to ban frying oil that contains trans fats, aiming to make the change at all its hotel restaurants within six months. Marriott and Omni Hotels are eliminating trans-fat products from their kitchens in the next few weeks. Among cruise lines, Royal Caribbean is the first to say it will substitute trans fats with healthier ingredients, planning to have all its ships in compliance by year-end. The upscale Crystal Cruise line has also banned trans fat from its fleet. Expect other travel companies to follow suit.