8 Food Companies That Are Ditching Artificial Ingredients
McDonald’s made big waves in the chicken industry by pledging to reduce the amount of antibiotics important to human health used in raising its chickens. In the same month, the Golden Arches said that they would reduce the amount of ingredients in its grilled chicken breast from 18 to 12, eliminating potentially harmful additives such as sodium phosphate.
Papa John’s—America’s fourth-favorite pizza chain, trailing Pizza Hut, Domino’s, and Little Caesars—announced that they will be eliminating 14 ingredients from their menu that contains artificial flavorings and MSG. These includes corn syrup, artificial colors, and various preservatives. The changes are expected to take into effect by the beginning of 2016.
Chief food innovation officer Liz Matthews of Taco Bell said in a statement, “Today’s customers are more curious and interested about food than ever. They want to understand what they’re eating and expect to know more about it.” As a result, they too, will be removing in their secret recipe the usage of artificial flavorings and colors from its menu, including Yellow No. 6 and Blue No. 1. Same goes for its sister chain, Pizza Hut.
In April, the famous Mac and Cheese decided that its signature yellow-orange sauce will be replaced with annatto seed and paprika extract in its signature macaroni and cheese as a replacement for the yellow no. 5 and yellow no. 6 food coloring.
Nestlé, the world’s largest food company, announced in February that it would be removing artificial ingredients and colors from more than 250 items by the end of 2015.
Panera Bread started phasing out artificial ingredients in June 2014. But in May 2015, it officially created what’s referred to as the “No No List” of artificial ingredients. The list includes the preservative butylated hydroxyanisole, which is classified as an endocrine disruptor by the European Union and considered a possible human carcinogen, according to the Environmental Working Group.
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