Following in the footsteps of several other fast food chains, Panera Bread has revealed a list of additives and preservatives that they will no longer use in their foods.
“We are not scientists. We are people who know and love food, and who believe that the journey to better food starts with simpler ingredients,” Ron Shaich, founder and CEO of Panera, said.
The list has a whopping 150 ingredients total, according to CNN. The restaurant has said it’s the first to publish a list, which includes artificial trans fats, high fructose corn syrup, and chemicals like potassium bromate.
This has become a trend in fast food recently. McDonald’s vowed to stop using chicken products “treated with certain antibiotics,” Chipotle will be nixing genetically-modified foods from its menu, and Dunkin’ Donuts has eliminated titanium dioxide (commonly used in sunscreen and paints) from its powdered donuts.
“This is part of the company’s quest to address consumer demands and potential health concerns,” Natural Resources Defense Council health expert Erik Olson said in Panera’s statement.