Subway is just the latest company pledging to drop artificial ingredients from its food. Nestle also recently announced that it’s nixing artificial ingredients from foods like Hot Pockets and pizza. Taco Bell and Pizza Hut are doing something similar. Diet Pepsi is dropping Aspartame. Kraft is in on the trend cutting synthetic colors and preservatives.
But, registered dietician nutritionist and mom, Sarah Krieger, warns that just because fast food is dropping the fake stuff, doesn’t mean it’s healthy.
“Nutritionally speaking, it wont alter calories, sodium, fat or the portion,” Krieger said. “If you’re looking to lose weight, this is not going to help.”
As more people read labels, customers want “natural” options.
“They might use beet juice instead of red dye,” Krieger said.
While getting rid of red dye won’t make you skinny, there’s a lot of speculation that the ingredient causes major health problems.
“More people are paying attention, which is a great thing,” Krieger said. “Restaurants have to listen or they are going to lose their customers. They’ve been thinking about this for awhile because it takes a long time to change a menu.”
Wesley Chapel mom, Chinelle Rojas, pays attention to what she feed her kids but doesn’t check for artificial flavors.
“I’ve been trying not to eat out as much lately and cooking more,” Rojas said. “When we do eat out we don’t really look at what is in it. For the most part they get chicken tenders and french fries everywhere we go.”
As for the cost, natural ingredients are more expensive. Subway promises customers it won’t raise prices.
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