Panera Bread, the popular food chain that boasts over 1,800 locations in North America, just announced a commitment to remove over 150 artificial preservatives, sweeteners, colors and flavors from their menu items by 2016.
They released the announcement with the video below, an entertaining clip showing people trying to pronounce some of the ingredients that are being removed from the menu.
Notable ingredients on the list are high-fructose corn syrup, caramel coloring, FD&C colors (more on the dangers of food dyes here), propylene glycol, partially hydrogenated oils (artificial trans fats), and hydrolyzed soy protein and wheat protein.
As Dr. Mark Hyman explains, high-fructose corn syrup is more rapidly absorbed by the liver than regular sugar, triggering lipogenesis – which produces fats like triglycerides and cholesterol – and can lead to liver damage.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes that trans fats increase LDL (bad cholesterol) and reduce HDL (good cholesterol), and may contribute in up to 7,000 coronary heart disease deaths per year.
This article breaks down what hydrolyzed soy and wheat proteins are, and the issues associated with them.
Another big step forward for a popular chain, continuing the trend we’ve been seeing in recent months.