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Are Starbucks and Taco Bell Going Healthy?

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 being healthy, so the shift could be a huge undertaking.

For Starbucks, the change will start with posting calories for its drinks 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 of a new menu item. “Evolution Fresh, inspired by Dannon,” is a designer yogurt that will be available in stores by spring 2014. The yogurt is being developed by Dannon in conjunction with Starbucks. Consumers can look 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. Their first step towards more healthful fare is the “Power Protein Menu.”  Options with less than 450 calories and more than 20 grams of protein will be featured on that menu. Taco Bell has also started testing two new 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 really choose 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 presented with 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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7:05PM PDT on Sep 19, 2013

maybe less bad for you. healthy?

10:13PM PDT on Sep 15, 2013

One can only hope!

3:17AM PDT on Sep 15, 2013

Thank you :)

9:17AM PDT on Sep 14, 2013

That's a start!

3:51PM PDT on Sep 13, 2013

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

1:14AM PDT on Sep 13, 2013

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!

11:22PM PDT on Sep 12, 2013

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

2:45PM PDT on Sep 12, 2013

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.

12:46PM PDT on Sep 12, 2013

not eating this stuff no matter what they say

11:01AM PDT on Sep 12, 2013

are zero calories things really healthy?

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