Here’s an eye opening look at what Big Food is changing.
While the Paleo diet is part of the CrossFit culture, we don’t always talk about the underlying issue at hand — the quality of the ingredients and food we are eating. And lets be honest, we are all human — we all splurge on a guilty pleasure now and again. But this recent CNN article has us rethinking some of those splurges.
A number of major fast-food chains and food companies have recently announced healthier practices, moving to all-natural ingredients and ending the use of downright strange and sometimes hard-to-pronounce additives — a trend that experts say is having meaningful impact on our food supply.
The ever-lengthening list includes:
1. Pizza Hut and Taco Bell (all natural, removing all artificial colors and flavors. Among other things, Taco Bell said it will switch from artificial black pepper toactual black pepper (but wouldn’t reveal what was in the artificial version.)): Announced on Tuesday they were going
2. Panera (similar promise earlier this month, saying that it will no longer put things like “Tert-Butyl-Hydroquinone” in your sandwich.): Made a
3. Dunkin’ Donuts (): Dropping titanium dioxide from its powdered sugar donuts to make the powder appear brighter. It is also used in sunscreen and paints.
4. Kraft (yellow dye from its macaroni and cheese. The new dye will use spices like paprika, annatto and turmeric — and the company promises the mac and cheese will taste the same.): Nixing the signature artificial
5. Tyson Foods (): Eliminating antibiotics from its chickens over concerns that widespread use is leading to an increase in drug-resistant bacteria in both animals and people.
6. McDonald’s (): Made a similar announcement in March.
7. Chipotle (genetically modified food, with the co-CEO saying, “They say these ingredients are safe, but I think we all know we’d rather have food that doesn’t contain them.”): Moving away from
8. Coke (): Eliminated brominated vegetable oil, which is used as a flame retardant in plastics, upholstered furniture, and clothing for children. Coke had used it in Fanta and Fresca, among others.