Are Starbucks and Taco Bell Going Healthy?

Americans are demanding healthier food options. Some fast food places may finally be listening. Starbucks and Taco Bell separately announced their intentions to move towards more nutritional offerings earlier this summer. Neither eatery is known for beinghealthy, so the shift could be a huge undertaking.

For Starbucks, the change will start with posting calories for itsdrinks and pastry options. Starbucks representatives have said that the calorie counts for drinks will be based on the “standard” ingredients, so counts may vary depending on how people customize their drink. Another change coming to Starbucks is the introduction ofa new menu item. “Evolution Fresh, inspired by Dannon,” is a designeryogurt that will be available in stores by spring 2014. The yogurt is being developed by Dannon in conjunction with Starbucks. Consumers canlook forward to a ready-to-eat Greek yogurt parfait when “Evolution Fresh, inspired by Dannon” hits Starbucks shelves.

Taco Bell faces a bigger challenge than simply posting the calorie count for its products in its quest to be seen as healthier. Theirfirst step towards more healthful fare is the “Power Protein Menu.” Options with less than 450 calories and more than 20 grams of proteinwill be featured on that menu. Taco Bell has also started testing twonew zero-calorie beverages at their stores in Dayton, Ohio. The new drinks, SoBe Life Water Yumberry Pomegranate and Brisk No Calorie Peach Iced Green Tea will be available for consumers in Dayton before made widely available in all Taco Bell stores.

Though it’s great to see two fast food restaurants make the effort to be healthy, will the changes make much difference? Will people reallychoose a Greek yogurt parfait instead of a 420 calorie blueberry muffin? Will Taco Bell consumers purchase a chicken burrito instead of a Doritos Locos Taco? Maybe. Research shows that even when presentedwith healthier options, people still fall back on their old favorites.If that remains the case for Starbucks and Taco Bell, their new offerings may go the way of the McDonald’s Fruit ‘n Walnut salad.

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92 comments

Donna Ferguson
Donna F4 years ago

maybe less bad for you. healthy?

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Charlene Rush
Charlene Rush4 years ago

One can only hope!

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Elena T.
Elena Poensgen4 years ago

Thank you :)

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Manuela C.
Manuela C4 years ago

That's a start!

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Wim Zunnebeld
Wim Zunnebeld4 years ago

Enjoy the things you eat and appreciate that you can eat, there are so much people who can't choose what they eat.........................

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Cathleen K.
Cathleen K4 years ago

The roll is only about 150 calories, Amy, and it makes it fast food instead of sit down. I love my ham and egg sandwiches!

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Amy Lamke
Amy Lamke4 years ago

Cathleen K. has the right idea with the ham and egg ...

"real food" chock full of protein will keep you fuller longer.

I will add: skip the roll (empty calories) your body will just turn it into sugar and store it as fat, and double-down on the egg, it's brain food !! ٩(-̮̮̃-̃)۶

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Cathleen K.
Cathleen K4 years ago

Posting calorie counts is always beneficial, because most of us are woefully ignorant about what constitutes the better choice in terms of calories, because it often defies 'common sense'. Most Americans will think that ordering the zucchini bran muffin is the healthier, lower calorie choice than ordering the ham and egg on a roll. The opposite is true, and, to add insult to injury, the bran muffin will leave you feeling a bit peckish by 10 am, so you'll grab a cookie or three with your coffee, while the sandwich will leave you satisfied until lunch.

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Lynnl C.
Lynn C4 years ago

not eating this stuff no matter what they say

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Kanako Ishiyama
Kanako I4 years ago

are zero calories things really healthy?

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