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Taco Bell Is Officially One of the Healthiest Fast Food Chains

Taste of Home logo Taste of Home 6/25/2019 Jacqueline Weiss
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While you might not normally equate fast food with wholesome eating, there are actually options you can get from the drive thru that are on the healthier side. With menu items like the Crunchwrap Supreme and $1 Nacho Fries (we tried 'em), it may come as a surprise that Taco Bell offers some of the healthiest options on the fast-food scene. Dig a little deeper into their menu and you'll find that there are some better-for-you options if you don't have time to make a homemade meal. (Have time on your hands? Try these fiesta-worthy recipes for tacos, fajitas and more.)

Over the past several years, Taco Bell has positioned itself as one of the best chains for healthy fast food, making strides to offer customizable options across its menu for health-conscience customers.

According to the nutrition page on Taco Bell's website, these are some of the quality improvements made over the past few years to the menu:

  • Reduced sodium across the menu by 15 percent since 2008, with a push to have a total 25 percent reduction soon
  • Removed artificial flavors and colors and replaced them with natural alternatives
  • Source 100% cage-free eggs for the breakfast menu. Will introduce 100% cage-free egg ingredients into the core menu in 2018.
  • Serve chicken raised without antibiotics important to human medicine in U.S. restaurants.

While these options and improvements are great, and definitely a step toward healthier eating, it's largely up to the customer to customize smart choices, like ordering vegetarian or vegan options, or calorie-cutting with the 'Fresco' option to remove cheese, rice, sour cream, and add pico de gallo.

"We just really encourage people to customize to however it fits their lifestyle," Missy Schaaphok, Taco Bell's in-house nutritionist and dietitian, told Business Insider.

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