Ham's Restaurants Switch to Trans Fat-free

Whole Harvest ® cooking oil to prepare famous chips and other menu items

Healthy cooking oil draws rave reviews from customers

(Raleigh, N.C., Oct. 30, 2003...) First-rate comments have followed the September, 2003 decision by Ham's Restaurants to make the switch to Whole Harvest cooking oil for all of their cooking, baking and frying needs. Whole Harvest is the nation's first commercial cooking oil that contains no trans fatty acids and is processed without harsh chemicals.

"We've received a great reaction," said Holly Creech, director of marketing for Ham's Restaurants. "We've gotten a lot of comments that our food is less greasy and lighter in taste and appearance."

Ham's Restaurants, a casual dining restaurant with 15 locations in North Carolina and one location in Virginia, features a broad menu with specialties in sandwiches, salads and Ham's Famous Homemade Potato Chips. "We've gotten great feedback that the chips taste better since we switched to the Whole Harvest cooking oil," Creech said.

Because Whole Harvest oils are processed without harsh chemicals, it is also more economical than standard cooking oils. "It lasts longer," Creech said. "Instead of changing the oil every three to four days, we can now change it every seven days. We're saving money."

Whole Harvest's revolutionary new line of frying oils meets the nation's growing demand for mass-produced cooking oils that are both cost effective and not harmful to one's health. Whole Harvest cooking oils contain no trans fats, are not hydrogenated, are rich in the Omega-3 essential fatty acids that promote cardiovascular health and are made by a revolutionary, patented refining process that does not involve the use of harsh chemicals. Whole Harvest is a product of Carolina Soy Products of Warsaw, N.C.

Ham's Restaurants' decision to switch to the nation's first healthy cooking oil comes at a time when America is becoming more and more concerned with issues such as obesity and heart disease. According to the Harvard School of Public Health, 30,000 or more premature heart disease deaths are caused each year by trans fats from partially hydrogenated oils. That's one death from trans fats every 15 minutes, according to BanTransFats.com, Inc., a California non-profit group committed to bringing public awareness to the problems associated with trans fatty acids.

Ham's Restaurants hasn't had any second thoughts in its decision to switch to Whole Harvest cooking oils, Creech said. "As more Americans face a decline in general health, it has become more necessary to provide healthier options in regards to food and dining," she said. "That's why we are excited to continue to offer our customers the same great-tasting food while using a much healthier product."

Jerry Richards, president for Carolina Soy Products, said sales for Whole Harvest Oil have increased by 20 to 25 percent per month, mostly because of independent restaurants and small chains switching to the healthier oil.

Carolina Soy Products announced the formal introduction in September, 2002 of the Whole Harvest line of commercial cooking oils to US markets. The product line is not hydrogenated, contains no trans fats, is naturally low in saturated fats and is rich in Omega 3 essential fatty acids. At the same time, Whole Harvest is competitively priced, plus independent tests show that Whole Harvest cooks up a superior-tasting food product.

Overall, Whole Harvest offers a unique, history-making "healthy" alternative to the standard cooking oils used throughout the restaurant and food preparation industries. The company's founders are very proud that the process used to make Whole Harvest is also environmentally safe.

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