April 28, 2010

Starbucks and Salt Controversy

Starbucks is mostly known for their sugary drinks that pretend to be coffee but are actually dessert. They are in the news now, not for their sugar but for their salt!

New York Maor Mike Bloomberg is demanding that Starbucks decrease the amount of salt in their breakfast sandwiches, as they are giving consumers an unhealthy amount of sodium. Bloomberg has been at the forefront of improving health and diet for New Yorkers, banning trans fat and making sure all chain restaurants show the calories for each menu item.

Now Bloomberg has successsfully led an effort to have national chains reduce the salt in some menu items. The chains participating are: Au Bon Pain, Boar's Head, FreshDirect, Goya, Hain Celestial Group, Heinz, Kraft, LiDestri, Mars Food US, McCain Foods, Red Gold,Inc., Subway, Unilever, Uno Chicago Grill and White Rose.

Each of them will now have a healthier menu by reducing sodium. Now if we just make Starbucks stop using the funny names for their sizes!

Starbucks and Salt Controversy

Starbucks is among 16 companies that pledged Monday to cut salt in their products as part of a national effort begun by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Reuters reports. Starbucks will cut salt in its breakfast sandwiches, like the bacon, gouda and egg frittata that currently has 1,050 mg. of sodium. U.S. researchers found recently that cutting salt intake by nearly 10 percent could prevent hundreds of thousands of heart attacks and strokes over several decades and save the United States $32 billion in health-care costs, Reuters reported.

Starbucks and Salt Controversy

Posted at April 28, 2010 3:17 AM