Chick-fil-A Bows to Consumer Pressure, Improves Ingredients

Chic-fil-A chicken sandwich


In another sign of grass roots efforts leading to change, Chick-fil-A this week confirmed a line of changes in its foods. These include:

  • removal of synthetic yellow food coloring from its chicken soup
  • removal of high fructose corn syrup from dressings and sauces (in testing at 200 locations right now)
  • removal of TBHQ (see below) from its frying oil (starting next year)
  • removal of artificial ingredients from buns

These changes are due in part to the great work of friend and fellow food blogger Vani Hari (The foodbabe). Her expose on Chick-fil-A foods several years ago led to a series of meetings between Hari and company executives to discuss improvements that can be made in its products.

The result is the (modest) changes we are seeing today. Are they enough? Of course not. But they are a step in the right direction. Chick-fil-A should be commended for these changes (assuming they will expand to all its locations) and encouraged to continue with more improvements.

We are still a far way from healthy fast food in America. Your best bet for healthy living is to never step foot in a Chick-fil-A (unless you need to use the restroom). But even a thousand mile journey starts with a first step.


In case you’re curious:

TBHQ (tertiary butylhydroquinone) is an antioxidant used to keep oils from going rancid. It is a petroleum derivative. The food industry nagged the FDA for years to get it approved as a preservative. This, despite the fact that in large doses (1 gram) it may cause nausea, delirium, and ringing of the ears. TBHQ may not exceed 0.02% of the oil and fat content in a food.

  • Kevmeister

    Sorry someone sat on your sandwich…

    • Datz Funny


  • Stacey

    Wow I don’t know why any company would want to change, if every time they make a step forward they are still condemned.

  • deborahck

    That bun looks so unappealing

    • Per @ Perky Thoughts

      lol true

  • Mousejunkie

    Yeah, BUT they use msg in their bun and chicken seasoning. We used to love them till we found out all this ick. Plus we do not eat fast food anymore. It’s been 2.5 years now without fast food.

  • suzn123

    Wish I had the money to start a Healthy fast food chain!!

    • iodine333

      It’s funny how EVERYONE wishes it. But no one is brave enough to come forward and start collecting money for it. Kickstarter comes to mind.

  • Sean

    That looks more like a sandwich from Long John Silvers.

  • dznr

    Change the oil from GMO canola and purchase free-range chickens who consume no GMO feed is a start that will wake people and corporations up that America no longer wants to be a science project!

    • J in va

      While there may be canola in the ingredients, the fryers use peanut oil.

  • Per @ Perky Thoughts

    Will they sit on it too before serving?

  • Beachkid

    I don’t need to deal with healthy fast food since I never eat fast food.

  • Steve

    This is fantastic news. Now if they’d just stop perpetuating the institutionalization of homophobia, I might consider eating there.

    • A7daywknd

      Why is it that anytime Chik-Fil-A is discussed someone has to chime in about homophobia? Where talking about a company that is listening and making better choices. Do your research before posting a comment. Having an opinion regarding not being for gay marriage does not make you a homophobe. It is Dan Cathy’s opinion that he does not flaunt but was asked about specifically during one interview.

  • R0ckf0rd

    They need to get rid of MSG that is in most of there food as well

  • Timothy

    I don’t get where you guys think artificial ingredients come in the buns, but that is simply untrue. Each CFA gets their buns freshly made from places like Klosterman and delivered every couple of days.