Panera claims it’s made good on its promise go 100% clean!
To make it happen, the chain reformulated 122 ingredients and changed most of its recipes. An effort well-worth it for a company that has made being. “…A part of fixing a broken food system in this country,” said Ron Saich, CEO. One of its core commitments going forward.
But what does “clean” mean, exactly? The truth is it means different things to different people. Though most would agree that a big part of it is keeping food as close to its natural state as possible.
As far as Panera is concerned, it means food without any artificial preservatives, colorings, sweeteners or flavors. The fact that it’s clean doesn’t automatically make it healthy, either. While Panera’s options are all the better because of the initiative, some dishes still contain high levels of sodium and saturated fats.
Thankfully, Panera is very transparent with its nutritional information. So just keep an eye on those nutritional facts and enjoy your lentil quinoa bowl.