Panera will be removing 150 ingredients from its food, but Michael F. Jacobson, executive director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, told Today that he doesn’t think the restaurant’s moves are entirely necessary.
“Just because something is artificial or its name is hard to pronounce doesn’t mean it’s unsafe,” he said. “Some of the additives Panera is ditching are perfectly innocuous, such as calcium propionate or sodium lactate — so those moves are more about public relations than public health.“
By the end of 2016, Panera plans to remove all artificial preservatives, colors, sweeteners and flavors from their food and will provide a “No No List” with all the ingredients it will be removing from its menu.
“Some items, like our soups, will be remade with new ingredients,” Panera Bread’s in-house nutritionist, Katie Bengston told Well + Good. “Other items like salad dressings will be made differently. Some may disappear over time, but in the end, we’re committed to making these changes to make our menu even better.“