As obesity reaches epidemic proportions in our country, increased pressure has been put on food corporations to create healthier products. According to the recent New York Times story, “Food Corporations Turn to Chefs in a Quest for Healthier Flavor” companies like PepsiCo are attempting the difficult challenge of creating a great tasting product that is low in fat, sugar, and sodium.
The article explains:
“Prodded by consumers, regulators and politicians, major food companies like PepsiCo are under extraordinary pressure to make healthier foods. Kellogg has cut as much as 30 percent of the sugar in children’s cereals like Apple Jacks and Froot Loops, removed salt from others and increased fiber. Taco Bell last month announced a new Power Protein menu that will include items with less fat and calories, and other companies are rushing to get their products in shape.”
Eight chefs have been chosen to test new recipes that use healthier ingredients, like avocado and parsnips, in place of butter and salt. These recipes will then be used to improve products across the board. I don’t know about you, but in my opinion there are few things better than healthy food that also tastes good.
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Jasmine Ashton, August 30, 2013
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