Chick-fil-A Is Adding an Unexpected Item to Its Menu

Chick-fil-A has been serving up fried chicken and biscuit sandwiches for years, but the restaurant chain recently announced a new ¡ª and somewhat unexpected ¡ª menu item arriving Jan. 18. A “superfood” kale salad will replace longtime-favorite coleslaw as a side dish and includes broccolini, dried cherries, and roasted nuts topped with a maple vinaigrette.

According to Business Insider, this is the first time a fast-food chain has offered kale nationwide. The salad will come in two sizes, the medium five-ounce size at 80 calories and the large eight-ounce size at 110 calories. It can be ordered as a substitution for fries in a combo meal for an extra charge of $0.94 or on its own for $2.59 (medium) or $3.79 (large).

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Panera Bread Is Giving Some of Its Most Popular Items Healthy Makeovers

Earlier this year| Panera Bread announced that all artificial preservatives| colors| sweeteners| and flavors would be removed from its food by the end of 2016. Wasting no time| the plan has finally been put into action| starting with some of Panera’s most beloved menu items: the soups. The popular food chain sells close to 200 million servings of soup each year.

“I want to create soups that our guests will love” said Dan Kish| Panera Bread’s head chef. “Time and again| we’ve found that when you replace artificial additives with simpler ingredients| you achieve a better taste.”

In honor of the new-and-improved favorite| Broccoli Cheddar Soup| Panera shared the video below to Facebook writing| “It’s here: our new clean Broccoli Cheddar Soup. No artificial colors| flavors| sweeteners or preservatives. We’re adding #SoupReview tweets to our never-ending trailer at PaneraSoupReview.com.”

It’s here: our new clean Broccoli Cheddar Soup. No artificial colors| flavors| sweeteners or preservatives. We’re adding #SoupReview tweets to our never-ending trailer at PaneraSoupReview.com.Posted by Panera Bread on Wednesday| January 6| 2016

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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It’s Official: Ben & Jerry’s Vegan Treats Will Be Made With Almond Milk!

If you love Ben & Jerry’s (aka if you’re a human) but hate yourself every time you finish a whole pint after you swear you’ll just take two bites, you’ll LOVE this news. The company has announced it’s officially coming out with dairy-free, 100-percent vegan ice cream!

We’ll give you a moment to let that sink in.

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And no, this doesn’t mean it’s OK to apply the “4 servings = all 4 me” rule, but it does mean that you’ll be able to enjoy the taste of Ben & Jerry’s without worrying about getting an upset stomach ¡ª while most likely cutting back on saturated fat, too. And if this news wasn’t exciting enough, it’s been announced that all of its vegan treats will be made with almond milk. “Besides being quite popular among vegans and other dairy-alternative-seekers, almond milk proved to be the best choice as a dairy-free frozen dessert base, beating out soy milk, cashew milk, and other contenders for our Flavor Gurus’ favor,” the company said in a statement. “Flavor Guru and ‘Non-Dairy Queen’ Kirsten Schimoler says, ‘Almond milk gave us the best blank canvas to carry the funky chunks and swirls that you know and love.’ Best of all, a portion of our almonds will be Fairtrade-sourced.”

The company has not revealed what flavors there will be because there’s a lot of taste testing to be done, but rest assured: the dairy-, egg-, and honey-free versions will have plenty of “enormous chunks, delicious swirls, and a commitment to values-led ingredient sourcing” that these ice cream gods are known for.

That faint sound you hear is the world’s resounding exclamation of “YAS.” You asked, and they answered. Whether you’ve given up dairy to reap the health benefits or you’re a cheese connoisseur, you’re sure to love Ben & Jerry’s newest creations.

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It’s Official: Ben & Jerry’s Vegan Treats Will Be Made With Almond Milk!

If you love Ben & Jerry’s (aka if you’re a human) but hate yourself every time you finish a whole pint after you swear you’ll just take two bites| you’ll LOVE this news. The company has announced it’s officially coming out with dairy-free| 100-percent vegan ice cream!

We’ll give you a moment to let that sink in.

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And no| this doesn’t mean it’s OK to apply the “4 servings = all 4 me” rule| but it does mean that you’ll be able to enjoy the taste of Ben & Jerry’s without worrying about getting an upset stomach ¡ª while most likely cutting back on saturated fat| too. And if this news wasn’t exciting enough| it’s been announced that all of its vegan treats will be made with almond milk. “Besides being quite popular among vegans and other dairy-alternative-seekers| almond milk proved to be the best choice as a dairy-free frozen dessert base| beating out soy milk| cashew milk| and other contenders for our Flavor Gurus’ favor|” the company said in a statement. “Flavor Guru and ‘Non-Dairy Queen’ Kirsten Schimoler says| ‘Almond milk gave us the best blank canvas to carry the funky chunks and swirls that you know and love.’ Best of all| a portion of our almonds will be Fairtrade-sourced.”

The company has not revealed what flavors there will be because there’s a lot of taste testing to be done| but rest assured: the dairy-| egg-| and honey-free versions will have plenty of “enormous chunks| delicious swirls| and a commitment to values-led ingredient sourcing” that these ice cream gods are known for.

That faint sound you hear is the world’s resounding exclamation of “YAS.” You asked| and they answered. Whether you’ve given up dairy to reap the health benefits or you’re a cheese connoisseur| you’re sure to love Ben & Jerry’s newest creations.

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Chipotle to Close 43 Stores After E. Coli Outbreak

Update: Officials say they have identified the specific microorganism responsible, possibly linking the outbreak to Chipotle’s fresh lettuce and tomatoes supply chain. As of Thursday, November 5, Oregon health officials have raised their count to 12 confirmed cases and two hospitalizations. Washington officials say there have been 28 cases linked to the outbreak with 10 requiring hospitalization.

An E. coli outbreak in the Pacific Northwest has been traced back to Chipotle, causing the company to close 43 stores throughout the region. The Oregon Health Authority reported three people sick with the bacteria in Oregon and 19 in Washington ¡ª all of whom had recently eaten at the Mexican chain restaurant.

This particular strain of E. coli, derived from a Shiga toxin, happens when a person ingests human or animal feces. While some cases of E. coli are harmless and barely noticeable, it can cause vomiting, bloody diarrhea, and in some cases, death. The Oregon health department is urging anyone who ate at Chipotle between Oct. 14 and Oct. 23 who has experienced possible E. coli symptoms to see their healthcare provider and mention the outbreak.

In an interview with the Associated Press, Marisa D’Angeli, a medical epidemiologist with the Washington State Department of Health, said that a specific food item is the likely cause of the outbreak, but they have yet to determine which food item that might be. She added, “We actually would expect there might be a jump in cases on Monday,” since anyone experiencing these symptoms will probably seek medical attention after hearing the news.

So if you’re really craving Chipotle guac, you might want to consider making it yourself for the time being.

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Chipotle to Close 43 Stores After E. Coli Outbreak

Update: Officials say they have identified the specific microorganism responsible| possibly linking the outbreak to Chipotle’s fresh lettuce and tomatoes supply chain. As of Thursday| November 5| Oregon health officials have raised their count to 12 confirmed cases and two hospitalizations. Washington officials say there have been 28 cases linked to the outbreak with 10 requiring hospitalization.

An E. coli outbreak in the Pacific Northwest has been traced back to Chipotle| causing the company to close 43 stores throughout the region. The Oregon Health Authority reported three people sick with the bacteria in Oregon and 19 in Washington ¡ª all of whom had recently eaten at the Mexican chain restaurant.

This particular strain of E. coli| derived from a Shiga toxin| happens when a person ingests human or animal feces. While some cases of E. coli are harmless and barely noticeable| it can cause vomiting| bloody diarrhea| and in some cases| death. The Oregon health department is urging anyone who ate at Chipotle between Oct. 14 and Oct. 23 who has experienced possible E. coli symptoms to see their healthcare provider and mention the outbreak.

In an interview with the Associated Press| Marisa D’Angeli| a medical epidemiologist with the Washington State Department of Health| said that a specific food item is the likely cause of the outbreak| but they have yet to determine which food item that might be. She added| “We actually would expect there might be a jump in cases on Monday|” since anyone experiencing these symptoms will probably seek medical attention after hearing the news.

So if you’re really craving Chipotle guac| you might want to consider making it yourself for the time being.

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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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