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Fast-Food Chains Inch Toward Healthiness

You won’t find “low-sodium” and “diet” on their menus, but chains such as Dunkin’ Donuts and Au Bon Pain are gradually getting the salt and fat out of their food
Fast-Food Chains Inch Toward Healthiness
Photograph by Christopher Leaman for Bloomberg Businessweek

Going cold turkey is hard—especially if it means denying yourself a 730-calorie frozen caramel coffee Coolatta or an 840-calorie steak and cheese sandwich. That’s why restaurants are getting Americans off unhealthy food gradually. Amid a national obesity epidemic, chains such as Au Bon Pain and Subway are tweaking their fare by tiny degrees instead of introducing openly lighter menus. They don’t want to frighten customers with terms such as “low-sodium” and “diet.”