Bacon-topped and Sriracha-drizzled menu items tend to hit with millenial restaurant patrons—but one national chain is eliminating the trendy ingredients in a company-wide push for better health. In a campaign to "Make America Healthy Again," Sweetgreen, the beloved D.C.-based salad seller, will no longer include bacon or Sriracha on menus nationwide.
Following the unveiling of the updated Nutrition Facts label, which will emphasize added sugars and other potentially hazardous food components, Sweetgreen is ditching the spicy sauce because of its high added-sugar content. The chain will instead use "the sugar-free heat of dried chilies" to add punch to their dressings.
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As for bacon, the health issue is, well, bacon. "Simply put, you can't be a healthy food business and serve bacon," Sweetgreen says in their mission statement. While spice- and pork-loving customers might malign the elimination of their favorite ingredients, the chain is hoping that the introduction of a few new, healthful ingredients—such as sustainably-raised steelhead trout and roasted Portobello mushrooms—will help ease the separation anxiety.