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Panera Bread is continuing to make changes to their food and has just released a new Food Policy Statement. Their newest change is a commitment to remove all artificial ingredients and additives from their food by 2016. They are also pledging to seek out responsibly raised food from North American sources, to make their menu items more 'transparent,' and to source what they are terming 'clean' food. You can read their policy statement here. This is a really good start and definitely a positive change. Panera will no doubt get a lot of positive spin from this. I'd like to point out that, at this time, nowhere in their policy are they mentioning the issues of GMO food. I do consider GMOs to be an artificial, and harmful, additive and wonder how they'll address this issue. Certainly something to keep an eye on.
It's important when reading the news to read critically. The latest study on diet soda provides a clear example of this. The study, done at the University of Colorado and published in the journal Obesity, found that diet soda is better than water when it comes to weight loss. Their exact conclusion was "These results show that water is not superior to NNS [non-nutritive sweetened] beverages for weight loss during a comprehensive behavioral weight loss program." While this will no doubt receive notice from major news media it doesn't share the whole story. There is an important piece of information on the study:
This taints the study and certainly means that there was significant motivation to seek specific results. When you see headlines about positive health impact for junk food look a little deeper to see who is funding the study or who benefits from it.
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