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Eating and drinking healthier can be a challenge, especially when dining out.
Now, Panera Bread announced their series of sugary beverages that will show the nutritional information, calories, and amount of sugars for each beverage.
The first national restaurant company to post calories and sugars in its beverages, Panera plans to continue improving transparency for their customers, as they were one of the first chains to post calories on menus in 2010.
“We believe people deserve to know exactly what’s in their drink so they can make the best choice for their lifestyle,” said Sara Burnett, Director of Wellness, Panera Bread explained in their press release. “We know more and more guests are looking to reduce their added sugar consumption, and we’re providing an increased number of real, clean options with our new teas, lemonades, and frescos.”
Panera plans to have all new beverages and labels up nationwide by September. The new line of teas, lemonades, and frescos will be in select cities and will offer less sugar than current drink offerings. Three teas are unsweetened with no sugar and one only sweetened lightly with fruit juice. However, the lemonades still contain sugars but offer fewer sugars than soft drinks.
Sugary beverages have been linked to higher risks of type 2 diabetes, cavities, heart disease, and obesity. Ensuring people know more about the amount of sugar in their beverages may help them make more informed choices.
Latino kids often consume more sugary drinks than their peers, studies show, offering more natural, less sugary drink options may help Latino families make the healthier choice the easier choice.