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8 Fast-Food Chains That Use the Highest Quality Meat

By Melissa Fiorenza of Eat This, Not That! | Slide 1 of 10: On days when you're tight on time or simply craving a burger in all its greasy glory, let's face it: Nothing beats the convenience of a fast-food chain.The good news is that fast-food chains can be included in the mix of a healthy diet—especially if you're mindful about brands that go the extra mile in sourcing beef for their burgers. "When fast food is the only option, some choices are better choices than others when it comes to choosing quality meats," says dietitian and nutrition coach Jennie Dore.The biggest issue when it comes to fast-food beef is the overuse of antibiotics in food-producing animals—which can lead to antibiotic resistance. That, in turn, causes a host of public health problems. In fact, the WHO calls antibiotic resistance one of the "biggest threats to global health, food security, and development today," according to their site.So, who carries high-quality beef? (Definitely not these 12 fast-food chains.) Dore says that chains that take extra measures, receive regular audits, and are careful about additives, will happily display this extra care on their website and marketing.We can also rely on the annual Chain Reaction scorecard from the U.S. Public Interest Research Groups (PIRG), which researches fast-food chains' policies on antibiotic use and doles each one a letter grade from A to F."Grading the companies is critical to show consumers which chains are doing the right thing so they can support them, and which chains aren't," says Matthew Wellington, Public Health Campaigns Director for U.S. PIRG and U.S. PIRG Education Fund.The most recent scorecard, he says, showed that fast-food companies need to push their beef suppliers harder to stop overusing antibiotics. "If more companies draw a line in the sand that they won't accept beef raised with routine antibiotic use, it will help shift the industry away from this dangerous practice."PIRG's report also mentions several smaller regional chains with some commendable antibiotic policies. Wellington says they didn't grade these chains but they still included a short section highlighting their progress to show that it's possible to source beef raised without overusing antibiotics.Here are the fast-food chains that pride themselves on using antibiotic-free beef. And don't miss 8 Fast-Food Chains With the Most Toxic Food Packaging.Read the original article on Eat This, Not That!

8 Fast-Food Chains That Use the Highest Quality Meat

On days when you're tight on time or simply craving a burger in all its greasy glory, let's face it: Nothing beats the convenience of a fast-food chain.

The good news is that fast-food chains can be included in the mix of a healthy diet—especially if you're mindful about brands that go the extra mile in sourcing beef for their burgers. "When fast food is the only option, some choices are better choices than others when it comes to choosing quality meats," says dietitian and nutrition coach Jennie Dore.

The biggest issue when it comes to fast-food beef is the overuse of antibiotics in food-producing animals—which can lead to antibiotic resistance. That, in turn, causes a host of public health problems. In fact, the WHO calls antibiotic resistance one of the "biggest threats to global health, food security, and development today," according to their site.

So, who carries high-quality beef? (Definitely not these 12 fast-food chains.) Dore says that chains that take extra measures, receive regular audits, and are careful about additives, will happily display this extra care on their website and marketing.

We can also rely on the annual Chain Reaction scorecard from the U.S. Public Interest Research Groups (PIRG), which researches fast-food chains' policies on antibiotic use and doles each one a letter grade from A to F.

"Grading the companies is critical to show consumers which chains are doing the right thing so they can support them, and which chains aren't," says Matthew Wellington, Public Health Campaigns Director for U.S. PIRG and U.S. PIRG Education Fund.

The most recent scorecard, he says, showed that fast-food companies need to push their beef suppliers harder to stop overusing antibiotics. "If more companies draw a line in the sand that they won't accept beef raised with routine antibiotic use, it will help shift the industry away from this dangerous practice."

PIRG's report also mentions several smaller regional chains with some commendable antibiotic policies. Wellington says they didn't grade these chains but they still included a short section highlighting their progress to show that it's possible to source beef raised without overusing antibiotics.

Here are the fast-food chains that pride themselves on using antibiotic-free beef. And don't miss 8 Fast-Food Chains With the Most Toxic Food Packaging.

Read the original article on Eat This, Not That!

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