News Roundup: Healthy Food = No Artificial Ingredients + Healthy Contents

Recently, many fast food companies have pledged to drop the use of artificial ingredients from their foods. Many companies openly admitting this move is made for financial rather than health reasons, citing public outcry for removal of artificial ingredients.  Health experts agree this is a step in the right direction, but they still want people to focus on eating healthier, whole foods that are full of protein, fiber, and beneficial nutrients…something that many fast food menus lack.

This week’s News Roundup brings you a collection of articles and blog posts related to fast food companies dropping the use of artificial ingredients. 

Are Taco Bell and Pizza Hut Actually Getting Healthier?  Time. ““It’s very much a political ploy on the part of the fast food industry to make their food look like somehow it’s real food, but it’s still not real food,” says Robert Lustig, MD, professor of pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco, and author of Fat Chance.”

Subway Joins Companies Dropping Artificial Ingredients.  ABC News. “Subway is facing evolving definitions for what qualifies as healthy, said Darren Tristano, an analyst for Technomic. While older generations looked at nutritional stats like fat and calories, he said younger generations are more concerned about qualities like "local," ''organic" and "natural."”

Panera Is The Latest To Drop Artificial Ingredients From Its Food.  NPR. “In January, Nielsen published a global survey showing that an increasing number of Americans say they want fresh, natural and minimally processed foods. What's more, 1 in 4 North Americans said they would pay a premium for foods that were "all natural" or contained no artificial colors.”

Nestle dropping artificial flavors from pizzas, Hot Pockets, Lean Pockets.  Chicago Tribune. “The maker of packaged foods is trying to make its offerings more appealing to diners who prefer healthier fare." We know people want to feel good about the foods they eat, and they're seeking foods made with fewer artificial ingredients and less sodium," John Carmichael, president of the Nestle Pizza & Snacking Division, said in a statement.”

 

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