Chick-fil-A Headquarters Visit Update

Let me first start by saying this – Thank you for all your words of encouragement last week before my visit to consult with Chick-fil-A at its headquarters.

The visit did not result in everything I had hoped, but did exceed my expectations in terms of the overall experience and hospitality extended to me.

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I met with 7 key members of their corporate team (as well as others) throughout the visit:

  • V.P. of Innovation and Service
  • V.P. of Brand and Strategy
  • Lead Dietitian
  • Senior Director of Menu Innovation & Design
  • Corporate Public Relations
  • Food and Product Safety
  • Lead Food Technologist

During the 4 hour meeting, we covered:

  • The history of Chick-fil-A and its menu progression
  • New product creation
  • Quality and source of their chicken
  • Use of antibiotics in their chicken
  • Removal of high fructose corn syrup from their products
  • The packaging and cooking method of their new oatmeal
  • Reduction in sodium
  • MSG
  • Anti-foaming agent preservative TBHQ
  • Artificial coloring
  • Labeling of GMOs (Prop 37)

I have several follow up items from my visit that I would like to get more information on before giving my full and detailed report.

Stay tuned for that in the next few weeks!

Your support means the world to me – Thank you again.

Food Babe

There’s Proof: Processed Foods are Harder to Digest

I recently came across a video released earlier this year, that shows what happens in your digestive system when you eat processed foods vs. homemade foods.  I found this film simply fascinating to say the least.

The video shows two similar meals eaten by 2 subjects  -

Meal #1 (Processed) –  blue gatorade, Top ramen noodles, and gummi bears

Meal #2 (Homemade) – hibiscus drink, homemade broth with noodles and gummi bears made of juice

Here’s the video – I don’t recommend watching it while eating

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Two points in the film really jumped out at me.

#1 – Blue gatorade – Watching the inside of your digestive system turn blue and not dissolve immediately even with all that stomach acid was really alarming, just as alarming as the other the secrets I recently found out about gatorade. Now I fully understand why the human body doesn’t enjoy products made out of petroleum. Sheesh.

#2 – The ingredient list of the Top ramen noodles includes TBHQ and MSG, which are also 2 ingredients found in Chick-fil-A sandwiches.

Since it’s Chick-fil-A Appreciation day…I thought it would only be appropriate to highlight this point. Politics and human rights issues aside, if you haven’t considered what ingredients Chick-fil-A uses in their products, maybe it’s time.

(And if you are just catching up – You can read Chick-Fil-A or Chemical-Fil-A? and Food Babe Investigates: Why Chick-Fil-A? to find out more.)

Not only is processed food making people fat, it’s causing disease. Energy is lost when your body cannot extract the vitamins, minerals and other nutrients from the food you eat in an efficient manner, when it becomes weighed down by preservatives and chemicals it must cipher through, and digest substances that provide zero nutrition to the body. This energy is critical for our vital functions, organs and hormones to work at their optimal level. Without this energy people will feel sick, tired and unhappy and continue to be prescribed drugs to make them feel better instead of addressing the root cause – what they put in their mouth.

Thank goodness for Stephani Bardin and Harvard for producing this film. Hopefully it will open the eyes of people who still consume food like Chick-fil-A that is meant to survive Armageddon.

Cheers,

Food Babe

Travel Food Story – Scuba Diving in Borneo

Picture this – You are on one of the most beautiful & remote islands in the world, with the best scuba diving and bio-diverse marine life you could ever experience, the clearest water and the nicest people – basically HEAVEN…. and then you find out most of the food being offered at your resort is highly processed and tainted with MSG, artificial colors, flavors, preservatives and other additives, etc. This happened to me and here’s the story on how I dealt with it.

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Earlier this year my husband and I celebrated our 6th year wedding anniversary at one of the best diving spots in the world called Sipadan. Mabul island, where we stayed, is located off the east coast of Borneo in Malaysia and it took 2 days of traveling, a 1.5 hour car ride and a 1 hour boat ride to get there from Thailand. Mabul is definitely one of the most remote locations we have ever been and we knew we were going to be a captive audience at the resort and the food choices offered would be limited.
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