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Taco Bell promises to make foods healthier

Taco Bell and the products they sell
Taco Bell and the products they sell

On March 27, 2014, Manalapan health Examiner Stacey Chillemi researched how healthy the food is at Taco Bell. An interview with USA Today news showed that Taco Bello isn’t really healthy at all. However, Taco Bell claims they are becoming more health conscious and here are some of the promises that they made in their interview to USA Today.

28 grams of fat and 1,900 milligrams of sodium into a 780 calorie entrée

Taco Bell is changing up their menu in an effort to draw in health-conscious customers. However, any health conscious eater who likes Taco Bell is going to have to wait a bit to eat one of their healthy meals, since the changes are not going to take effect until 2020.

The company told USA Today in an interview that it plans to have 20 percent of its combo meals, which includes a main dish, a side dish and a beverage, meet one-third of the federal government's recommended daily nutritional guidelines by the year 2020.

"Our customer tastes and needs are evolving," Greg Creed, CEO at Taco Bell, told USA Today. "They want more balanced options."

In my opinion, all they want is more customers because more customers mean more money. All these fast food joints panicked when sales started dropping due to a society that has quickly begun to become more health conscious.

The company's new nutritional strategy will impact how it develops new products. In the past, Taco Bell focused on keeping costs down. Now, Creed says, they will also have to factor in meeting nutritional goals.

The chain will begin testing healthier products this year, and may launch some nationally in 2014, Creed says.
Taco Bell has already been making an effort to cut back on sodium. In the past few years, Taco Bell has reduced sodium in its food on average by 20 percent, a company nutritionist, Missy Schaaphok, told USA Today. For example, they let customers substitute pico de gallo for sauce or cheese on its Fresco menu items.

However, the Taco Bell Cantina Burrito with steak packs 28 grams of fat and 1,900 milligrams of sodium into a 780-calorie entrée. An order of Volcano Nachos will set you back 980 calories, with 58 grams of fat and 1,670 milligrams of sodium. The government recommends that adults who eat 2,000 calories a day have no more than 65 grams of fat and 2,400 milligrams of sodium.

Robyn Flipse, a registered dietician and nutritionist, told USA Today that while she supports their efforts, it might be a lost cause.

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