Jason's Deli Becomes First U.S. Restaurant Chain to Ban HFCS from Its Menu

Jason's Deli Becomes First U.S. Restaurant Chain to Ban HFCS from Its Menu

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Jason's Deli Becomes First U.S. Restaurant Chain to Ban HFCS from Its Menu

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By Cari Martens

Texas-based Jason’s Deli has eliminated high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) from its expansive deli menu. The company now offers new versions of breads, dressings and desserts – including its signature free soft serve ice cream – and dozens of other food items.

High-fructose corn syrup is a common sweetener and preservative some have cited as one of the causes of the obesity epidemic in the U.S. Jason’s Deli is believed to be the first major American restaurant chain to banish HFCS from its menu.

With headquarters in Beaumont, TX, Jason’s feeds more than 30 million people a year in 25 states with more than 200 locations including Chicago, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Houston, Dallas, Phoenix, Las Vegas, and Denver.

‘To our more than 30 million customers, we would like to announce that we have accomplished the rare hat trick for a restaurant chain with hundreds of units – eliminating artificial trans-fats, MSG and high fructose corn syrup in food,’ stated Rusty Coco, an owner and the Executive Vice-President of Jason’s Deli.

‘Even though this was an enormous undertaking as high fructose corn syrup is pervasive in the food system, we found that removing HFCS actually makes the food taste better’ said Coco. ‘We challenge the entire restaurant industry to follow our footsteps. Create ‘clean’ food because consumers can taste the difference,’ stated Coco.

It’ll be interesting to see if other chains follow suit on HFCS the way so many did with the elimination of trans fats from their menus.

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