More Bad News For Chipotle as 80 Customers Fall Ill – and It’s Not E. Coli

This has not been a good few weeks for Chipotle, which recently shuttered over 40 stores due to a widespread E. coli outbreak. Now, Boston College administrators claim that 80 students have fallen ill after eating at a nearby Chipotle location . . . and according to Boston health officials, E. coli isn’t the culprit this time around. Rather, norovirus ¡ª a type of virus that causes inflammation of the stomach and intestines and can lead to gastroenteritis ¡ª is believed to be at fault.

Norovirus causes mass outbreaks with symptoms similar to E. coli, including vomiting and diarrhea, but can be spread by a sick employee or customer. Chipotle has closed its Cleveland Circle location in the wake of these findings, with Boston health officials citing an apparently ill employee and low chicken storage temperatures as additional reasons for concern. However, the company has stated that the closure was voluntary.

If you’re not in the Boston area and your local Chipotle hasn’t been shut down for E. coli purposes, there’s no need to fear those burrito bowl leftovers in your fridge. However, it’s always good to look out for bad signs wherever you eat ¡ª if an employee appears to be sick or your food doesn’t feel hot, be wary.

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More Bad News For Chipotle as 80 Customers Fall Ill – and It’s Not E. Coli

This has not been a good few weeks for Chipotle| which recently shuttered over 40 stores due to a widespread E. coli outbreak. Now| Boston College administrators claim that 80 students have fallen ill after eating at a nearby Chipotle location . . . and according to Boston health officials| E. coli isn’t the culprit this time around. Rather| norovirus ¡ª a type of virus that causes inflammation of the stomach and intestines and can lead to gastroenteritis ¡ª is believed to be at fault.

Norovirus causes mass outbreaks with symptoms similar to E. coli| including vomiting and diarrhea| but can be spread by a sick employee or customer. Chipotle has closed its Cleveland Circle location in the wake of these findings| with Boston health officials citing an apparently ill employee and low chicken storage temperatures as additional reasons for concern. However| the company has stated that the closure was voluntary.

If you’re not in the Boston area and your local Chipotle hasn’t been shut down for E. coli purposes| there’s no need to fear those burrito bowl leftovers in your fridge. However| it’s always good to look out for bad signs wherever you eat ¡ª if an employee appears to be sick or your food doesn’t feel hot| be wary.

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Panera Bread Just Issued a Big Challenge to Other Fast Food Companies

Just months after announcing that it is removing artificial ingredients and antibiotics from its food, Panera Bread moves another step further in its quest to improve its food ¡ª the fast food chain will also make commitments to animal welfare.

As part of this new initiative, Panera Bread says that it wants to reduce confinement across its food chain, meaning by the end of 2015, pregnant pigs will be crate-free and cows raised for beef will be 89 percent grass fed and 100 percent free range as well. The company, which uses 120 million eggs in its dishes and baked goods every year, also plans to make all of its egg-laying chickens cage-free by 2020. In addition, all of its chickens and turkeys will be raised without antibiotics by the end of the year.

The chain said it is making this commitment as part of a larger initiative that has been happening for more than a decade. “While there is more work to be done, we are within reach of a menu without antibiotics and unnecessary confinement,” said CEO Ron Shaich. “We are committed to transparency ¡ª which means sharing where we are and where we plan to go. We encourage other companies to join us by transparently sharing their progress.”

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Panera Bread Just Issued a Big Challenge to Other Fast Food Companies

Just months after announcing that it is removing artificial ingredients and antibiotics from its food| Panera Bread moves another step further in its quest to improve its food ¡ª the fast food chain will also make commitments to animal welfare.

As part of this new initiative| Panera Bread says that it wants to reduce confinement across its food chain| meaning by the end of 2015| pregnant pigs will be crate-free and cows raised for beef will be 89 percent grass fed and 100 percent free range as well. The company| which uses 120 million eggs in its dishes and baked goods every year| also plans to make all of its egg-laying chickens cage-free by 2020. In addition| all of its chickens and turkeys will be raised without antibiotics by the end of the year.

The chain said it is making this commitment as part of a larger initiative that has been happening for more than a decade. “While there is more work to be done| we are within reach of a menu without antibiotics and unnecessary confinement|” said CEO Ron Shaich. “We are committed to transparency ¡ª which means sharing where we are and where we plan to go. We encourage other companies to join us by transparently sharing their progress.”

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Subway Announces That It Will Stop Serving Antibiotic-Raised Meat . . . But There’s a Catch

Shortly after Subway’s announcement that they will soon stop using artificial ingredients in their food, the fast food brand has made another exciting announcement. Following in the footsteps of other brands (such as Panera, Target, and Chipotle) that aim to serve healthier food offerings, the sandwich chain will stop using meats that have been treated with antibiotics. However, there’s a catch . . . Subway won’t fully transition away from antibiotic-raised meat until 2025.

If you’re a fan of turkey and chicken subs, though, have no fear ¡ª Subway aims to stock only antibiotic-free chicken by 2016, and introduce antibiotic-free turkey around the same time. However, customers that are hooked on beef and pork will likely have to wait until 2025. “A change like this will take some time, particularly since the supply of beef raised without antibiotics in the U.S. is extremely limited and cattle take significantly longer to raise,” said the company in a press release. “Given the size and scope of the Subway brand, this commitment is the largest of its kind in the restaurant industry.”

“We hope that this commitment will encourage other companies in our industry to follow our lead, and that, together, this will drive suppliers to move faster to make these important changes for consumers,” added Subway’s executive vice president of independent purchasing. With a worldwide span of more than 44,000 restaurant locations, we wouldn’t be surprised if Subway’s decision inspires other large chains.

So is this move toward antibiotic-free meat worth celebrating, or does the decade-long timeline simply demonstrate how reliant our go-to food companies are on undesirable ingredients? Let us know in the comments!

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Subway Announces That It Will Stop Serving Antibiotic-Raised Meat . . . But There’s a Catch

Shortly after Subway’s announcement that they will soon stop using artificial ingredients in their food| the fast food brand has made another exciting announcement. Following in the footsteps of other brands (such as Panera| Target| and Chipotle) that aim to serve healthier food offerings| the sandwich chain will stop using meats that have been treated with antibiotics. However| there’s a catch . . . Subway won’t fully transition away from antibiotic-raised meat until 2025.

If you’re a fan of turkey and chicken subs| though| have no fear ¡ª Subway aims to stock only antibiotic-free chicken by 2016| and introduce antibiotic-free turkey around the same time. However| customers that are hooked on beef and pork will likely have to wait until 2025. “A change like this will take some time| particularly since the supply of beef raised without antibiotics in the U.S. is extremely limited and cattle take significantly longer to raise|” said the company in a press release. “Given the size and scope of the Subway brand| this commitment is the largest of its kind in the restaurant industry.”

“We hope that this commitment will encourage other companies in our industry to follow our lead| and that| together| this will drive suppliers to move faster to make these important changes for consumers|” added Subway’s executive vice president of independent purchasing. With a worldwide span of more than 44|000 restaurant locations| we wouldn’t be surprised if Subway’s decision inspires other large chains.

So is this move toward antibiotic-free meat worth celebrating| or does the decade-long timeline simply demonstrate how reliant our go-to food companies are on undesirable ingredients? Let us know in the comments!

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This Is Your Brain on a Big Mac

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It’s been a few years since I walked through McDonald’s golden arches, and this graphic only supports my decision to steer clear of the calories, sodium, fat, and additives the beloved Big Mac brings to the bloodstream.

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This poster breaks down exactly how this classic fast-food order affects your body just 10 minutes after eating to over an hour after the meal is said and done. Plenty of the information will you urge you stay away, but the fact that you’ll be hungry just 40 minutes after consuming 549 calories and half of your recommended saturated fat for the day is seriously shocking. The next time you think about heading through that drive-thru window, just refer to this graphic! It will definitely push you in a healthier direction.

This Is Your Brain on a Big Mac

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It’s been a few years since I walked through McDonald’s golden arches| and this graphic only supports my decision to steer clear of the calories| sodium| fat| and additives the beloved Big Mac brings to the bloodstream.

Image Source: Fast Food Menu Price

This poster breaks down exactly how this classic fast-food order affects your body just 10 minutes after eating to over an hour after the meal is said and done. Plenty of the information will you urge you stay away| but the fact that you’ll be hungry just 40 minutes after consuming 549 calories and half of your recommended saturated fat for the day is seriously shocking. The next time you think about heading through that drive-thru window| just refer to this graphic! It will definitely push you in a healthier direction.

The Healthier Way to Eat Chinese Takeout

The Healthier Way to Eat Chinese Takeout

No need to give in and call up your favorite Chinese joint if you’re craving takeout; these Chinese takeout recipes are just as satisfying| without busting your diet. From low-calorie kung pao to tempeh stir-fry| read on for 10 healthy Chinese takeout recipes you’re craving!

| Chicken Lo Mein

Load up on veggies with this chicken lo mein; doing all the peeling and chopping earlier in the week will save time on busy weeknights. For an even healthier dish| replace the angel hair pasta with shirataki noodles or spaghetti squash.

| No-Fry Stir-Fry

The flavors of the vegetables stay fresh in this no-fry stir-fry in citrus sauce since the whole dish is baked instead of stir-fried.

| Ginger Beef and Kelp Noodles

Go low-carb| gluten-free| and low-calorie with this homemade “”takeout”” recipe for ginger beef and kelp noodle stir-fry.

| Seared Bok Choy

A simple sear and a drizzle of sauce make plain old bok choy into something irresistible.

| Cabbage Stir-Fry

Substituting cabbage for noodles in this veggie stir-fry cuts carbs and calories.

| Paleo Fried Rice

Fried rice isn’t exactly a healthy option| but when you turn the carby meal into a Paleo-friendly cauliflower fried rice| you can have the comforting flavors of a favorite takeout dish without the calories.

| Chicken Stir-Fry

A quick| veggie-filled chicken stir-fry is an easy way to get your daily dose of produce. Serve this one on a bed of brown rice or cauliflower rice for extra nutrients.

| Steamed Fish

Make a traditional Chinese steamed fish for a low-calorie| high-protein dinner.

| Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Homemade spicy chicken lettuce wraps are a healthier option than ordering the P.F. Chang’s classic.

| Chinese Chicken Salad

At just over 230 calories| this lightened-up Chinese chicken salad is a much healthier alternative to traditional restaurant offerings.

All Organic and No Meat Either ¡ª?Amy’s Drive Thru Is a New Kind of Fast-Food Joint

All Organic and No Meat Either u2014u00a0Amy’s Drive Thru Is a New Kind of Fast-Food Joint

Fans of Amy’s Kitchen frozen foods are sure to be very excited over this news: the first Amy’s Drive Thru recently opened outside of San Francisco. Amy’s has everything you’d expect from a fast-food spot: it’s quick| convenient| and low-priced| but that’s where comparisons stop. You won’t find any meat at Amy’s. Instead the menu consists only of vegetarian and vegan options| all of which come from organic and non-GMO ingredients. It’s definitely a welcome change to all the supersized offerings currently in the market. If these opening-day photos are any indication| it’s looking like Amy’s is going to be the new hotspot in town to grab a meal when you’re on the go.

| All organic| no GMOs

It’s the first fast-food joint of its kind| and everything at Amy’s is made with organic and non-GMO ingredients (all of which are peanut- and egg-free). Not only that| but there are gluten-free and vegan options available for all menu items.

| We couldn’t have said it any better

“”YOU GUYS| AMY’S IS OPEN!! I’m losing my mind right now!!””

| Runs on Love

Powered in part by solar energy| Amy’s also has a living roof| which helps to reduce the building’s energy needs. The site also has a water tower to collect rain| which will be used to water the roof.

| The Amy

Amy’s version of a Big Mac and Double-Double is made with two veggie patties| two slices of cheese| lettuce| tomato| onion| pickles| and Fred Sr.’s Secret Sauce in regular or spicy.

| Have it your way . . .

The burger is totally customizable| and you can order The Amy without cheese or on a gluten-free bun. Pair it with a glass of fresh-squeezed lemonade and some fries (a bowl of chili| cheese fries| or chili-cheese fries)| and lunch is served.

| Meet Master Chef Fred Sr.

He’s the man behind the burger’s secret sauce. He also has a pretty impressive salad spinner.

| Fresh from the oven

The burger buns are made fresh each and every day u2014u00a0and always from scratch.

| Is this really fast food?

The salads at Amy’s are more than just a few romaine leaves pieced together with two cherry tomatoes and packaged dressing. Not only do all the vegetables come from local farms| but the topping choices are everything you would hope for: quinoa| pumpkin seeds| goat cheese| tofu| dried cranberries| and hummus are all options.

| The crowd favorite gets a makeover

If you love Amy’s frozen macaroni and cheese|u00a0you’re going to die for the drive-through version| made on site and from scratch. There are three varieties to choose from (all which come as vegan options| too). We can’t wait to get our hands on the broccoli cheddar mac with breadcrumbs.

| Did someone say dessert?

Get excited for milkshakes! Best part? Nondairy shakes are available| too!

| Choices

What will you order?

| Too many decisions . . .

Can’t decide? Order one of everything. Just bring along some friends to help you eat it all.