Coffee chains to cut fat and salt from recipes

Seven of the biggest chains pledge to go healthy

Seven of the biggest coffee shop chains across the UK are making their menus healthier by reducing fat and salt in snacks and drinks.

Starbucks, Costa Coffee, Pret A Manger, Caffè Nero, Eat, Greggs and BB’s – have made public commitments to change hundreds of products that contribute to heart disease and obesity.

The moves, to be officially announced by the Food Standards Agency today, could improve the health of tens of millions of customers who are unwittingly consuming high-calorie foods loaded with salt and saturated fat. Takeaway and restaurant meals now account for one quarter of the food we eat.

Among the commitments are that Pret a Manger will for the first time display calorie counts, Starbucks review its range and change at least 10 best-selling products, Eat will reduce salt in soups and make sandwiches and salads healthier, Costa Coffee will sell only food rated healthy by the FSA, and Greggs will remove hydrogenated fat, artificial colourings and flavourings from its pies.

The FSA’s chief executive, Tim Smith said: ‘Behind the scenes there’s quite a bit of reformulation work going on. But some of the changes will be invisible, so your BLT (bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich) might be a BLT, but it might have lower-salt bread, low-fat mayonnaise and less fatty bacon.’

The campaign – backed by the Government – comes amid predictions that 60 per cent of men, 50 per cent of women and 25 per cent of children will be obese by 2050, unless action is taken.

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