Panera - say it isn't so! - Mothering Forums
Forum Jump: 
 
Thread Tools
#1 of 23 Old 09-17-2009, 02:37 PM - Thread Starter
 
New_Natural_Mom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Illinois
Posts: 2,261
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Panera was our go-to on the go food. We thought fresh ingredients and antibiotic free chicken was great. It often saved us on busy nights and DS enjoyed it. Imagine my HORROR last night to finally look up their ingredient list and realize they put MSG in their soup. They also use nitrates with their meat and HFCS. I was devastated. It is absolutely clear that we can't trust any establishment - even those boasting as "healthy." We have spent lots of money there over the years, but they are officially on our blacklist now.

I sent an email to their corporate office explaining how bad MSG was and that it was dishonest that they purported to be healthy then hid it in their ingredients (it;s in every soup.)

Please consider writing/emailing/commenting.

goorganic.jpgwife to footinmouth.gif, currently WOH and geek.gif on my doctorate. (I'm dissertating!) We: novaxnocirc.giftoddler.gifgd.giffamilybed1.gif  with DS (4/09)!
New_Natural_Mom is offline  
#2 of 23 Old 09-23-2009, 12:27 AM
 
Pookietooth's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: SF Bay Area
Posts: 5,064
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
MSG is pretty hard to avoid, especially in soups. In Asia, it is a standard soup base.

Jen 47 DS C 2/03  angel.gif04/29/08/ DD S 10/28/09 DH Bill '97.

mighty-mama and her sister Kundalini-Mamacandle.gif

Pookietooth is offline  
#3 of 23 Old 09-23-2009, 02:04 AM
 
rubidoux's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Posts: 2,731
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I don't know a lot about msg, but for some reason I thought it was derived from a vegetable. I know it gives some people headaches, but I'm wondering if there's more I should know?

Jayne, sewing up a storm mama to ds1 9/03, ds2 2/09, and 2 sweet furbabies.

rubidoux is offline  
#4 of 23 Old 09-23-2009, 09:35 AM
 
Milkymommi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Wherever the Wind Blows
Posts: 1,645
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Oh... this is disappointing news! They are one of our once in a while quickies too It's especially tough in this part of the country to find decent quick food.

Ima to Mizz.Jonas- 14, Isman- 12,Javsar- 9, Nani Gweesa- 4 and Baby Micah born into the Universe sleeping at full term Oct. 19th 2008 and Partner to Abba ~ belly.gif8/2011  Grateful to be Dead  broc1.gif
Milkymommi is offline  
#5 of 23 Old 09-23-2009, 09:57 AM
 
Mama2Jesse's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 158
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
MSG is a carcinogenic neurotoxin.

Very bad stuff.
Mama2Jesse is offline  
#6 of 23 Old 09-23-2009, 12:02 PM
 
jessjgh1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: South Shore MA
Posts: 4,956
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I checked out a few of the soups and didn't see MSG... is it listed in a backhanded way? Or what soups is it in? I might have just checked ones that didn't have it.
I know there are ways that msg can be listed so it isn't obvious, but I don't remember all of them. I have to say when I go to Panera I don't really expect them to be as health consicous as I might be, but they are much better than many other restaurants.

I still think (for many, our family included) Panera is an alternative worthy of consideration over other options. I know when I get one of their sandwiches it has more butter/fat/caleries than I need but when I need a break from cooking it is healthier than many options. I do think that people, in general, are easily fooled by marketing techniques or are ignorant about ingredients (myself included- but I'm trying to learn more) but that overall Panera still gets some credit for what it IS doing. I also know our local Panera's have been breastfeeding friendly, supportive of local organizations, and have some good business practices.

I do think if MSG is in their soup, that should be disclosed and I would hope that is something they would be amenable to. I think also letting the company know that their customers WANT items that are HFCS, nitrate free, etc. etc, they should make good use of that information either by making changes or finding a way to label their products in a way that is satisfactory.

Jessica

Jessica..lady.gifintactlact.gif Falling in love all over again..... 
Dhprivateeyes.gif, Joshua rolleyes.gif Rebeccagrouphug.gifand dog2.gif.    candle.gif for Laura
jessjgh1 is offline  
#7 of 23 Old 09-23-2009, 02:30 PM
 
sprouthead's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 1,062
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Pookietooth View Post
MSG is pretty hard to avoid, especially in soups. In Asia, it is a standard soup base.
It doesn't seem like it can be that hard to avoid. There's so many chinese restaraunts around here that advertise themselves as msg-free..
sprouthead is offline  
#8 of 23 Old 09-23-2009, 06:12 PM
 
jessjgh1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: South Shore MA
Posts: 4,956
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Sprouthead, it is actually IN a lot of things but the components are seperated so you don't actually read MSG on the label.
http://www.truthinlabeling.org/II.WhereIsMSG.html

This is the 'list' that I remember reading about what things can be misrepresented as not having MSG


These ALWAYS contain MSG
Glutamate Glutamic acid Gelatin
Monosodium glutamate Calcium caseinate Textured protein
Monopotassium glutamate Sodium caseinate Yeast nutrient
Yeast extract Yeast food Autolyzed yeast
Hydrolyzed protein
(any protein that is hydrolyzed) Hydrolyzed corn gluten Natrium glutamate (natrium is Latin/German for sodium)

Jessica

Jessica..lady.gifintactlact.gif Falling in love all over again..... 
Dhprivateeyes.gif, Joshua rolleyes.gif Rebeccagrouphug.gifand dog2.gif.    candle.gif for Laura
jessjgh1 is offline  
#9 of 23 Old 09-29-2009, 08:01 PM
 
07Mommy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: VA
Posts: 85
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I have only been in there a few times...and it looks to me that there are only a few organic items on the menu...and that's just the kids menu.

::::: ::
07Mommy is offline  
#10 of 23 Old 09-29-2009, 10:37 PM
Administrator
 
adinal's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Portland, OR
Posts: 24,778
Mentioned: 14 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 64 Post(s)
I have just removed many posts from this thread. Please remember, per the announcement at the top of the thread, that Activism is a *No Debate* zone. If you don't support the cause, then don't post. Posts that debate in Activism will be deleted.

You are free to submit a counter cause if you wish.

Thanks

winner.jpg Adina knit.gifmama to B hearts.gif 4/06  and E baby.gif  8/13/12 (on her due date!) homebirth.jpg waterbirth.jpg

 

adinal is online now  
#11 of 23 Old 09-30-2009, 12:05 PM
 
thefreckledmama's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Suburban Midwest
Posts: 2,034
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
UGH! What a major bummer!

Thanks for the heads-up!

jamie. crinkly (not quite crunchy) mama to 3 amazing little girls, an awesome little boy, and a baby girl making her debut at the end of this summer.

thefreckledmama is offline  
#12 of 23 Old 09-30-2009, 12:23 PM
 
organicmidwestmama's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: home on the range
Posts: 566
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
i would venture to assume that their bread contain trans fats, aka partially hydrogenated vegetable oil.
organicmidwestmama is offline  
#13 of 23 Old 10-07-2009, 11:52 PM
 
Tempest1226's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 1
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I felt the same about Panera!!!! I have raised my 3 year old form conception until now on mostly organic food. When we eat out I try to go for all natural and I thought I was safe with Panera. My daughter does not even know what McDonalds is! HOWEVER I found out the other day that they use hydrogenated fats in their bagels!!!! I was like WHAT! I was so mad as they pass themselves off to be a healthy eatery and gave everyone the impression they use natural ingredients. Have you checked their pastries...artificial colors, flavors etc. I am so upset! I sent them a very strong letter, I was so mad and NOW you tell me they use MSG in their soup....wonderful. I should stick to whole foods! My other alternative for eating out was Chipotle Grill, as far as I know they use natural ingredients but now I wonder. I live in NYC and in the city there is Pret A Manger, they are all natural for sure and they use mostly organic ingredients when possible but they are just in the city and I live outside the city in queens. Panera just opened up near me, I was so excited : (
Tempest1226 is offline  
#14 of 23 Old 10-13-2009, 06:31 AM
 
onelilguysmommy's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 3,606
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Disgusting, isn't it?
onelilguysmommy is offline  
#15 of 23 Old 10-13-2009, 03:09 PM
 
panamama's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: dreaming of sleep
Posts: 243
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tempest1226 View Post
I felt the same about Panera!!!! I have raised my 3 year old form conception until now on mostly organic food. When we eat out I try to go for all natural and I thought I was safe with Panera. My daughter does not even know what McDonalds is! HOWEVER I found out the other day that they use hydrogenated fats in their bagels!!!! I was like WHAT! I was so mad as they pass themselves off to be a healthy eatery and gave everyone the impression they use natural ingredients. Have you checked their pastries...artificial colors, flavors etc. I am so upset! I sent them a very strong letter, I was so mad and NOW you tell me they use MSG in their soup....wonderful. I should stick to whole foods! My other alternative for eating out was Chipotle Grill, as far as I know they use natural ingredients but now I wonder. I live in NYC and in the city there is Pret A Manger, they are all natural for sure and they use mostly organic ingredients when possible but they are just in the city and I live outside the city in queens. Panera just opened up near me, I was so excited : (
i am a chiptle fan too, but it squicks me out sometimes when i think about the fact that they are/were owned by mcdonald's.

semi-crunchy mama to 1 unschooly, sometimes unruly, but mostly sweet and cool DS (17)
student reiki practitioner and aspiring /
panamama is offline  
#16 of 23 Old 10-14-2009, 07:02 PM
 
Toolip's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Posts: 1,715
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by jessjgh1 View Post


These ALWAYS contain MSG
Glutamate Glutamic acid Gelatin
Monosodium glutamate Calcium caseinate Textured protein
Monopotassium glutamate Sodium caseinate Yeast nutrient
Yeast extract Yeast food Autolyzed yeast
Hydrolyzed protein
(any protein that is hydrolyzed) Hydrolyzed corn gluten Natrium glutamate (natrium is Latin/German for sodium)
Wow, really? Gelatin?
Toolip is offline  
#17 of 23 Old 10-14-2009, 07:24 PM
 
MamaLo879's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Midwest, USA
Posts: 56
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I had absolutely no idea and am very sad to read this news about Panera. I always felt so much better deciding to go there for a quick lunch than any of the traditional fast food places. :-(
MamaLo879 is offline  
#18 of 23 Old 10-18-2009, 01:12 AM
 
LaffNowCryLater's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 2,142
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I LOVE Panera but I don't order meat items. I'll have to check out the few soups I order sometimes to see about the MSG, mainly the veggie one and the tomato one.

Mom of 3 sons and one daughter
LaffNowCryLater is offline  
#19 of 23 Old 11-18-2009, 05:14 PM
 
guestmama9971's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 208
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
-
guestmama9971 is offline  
#20 of 23 Old 11-18-2009, 09:46 PM
 
mata's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: savasana
Posts: 4,285
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I so don't like Panera's-their stuff all tastes awfully flavor-enhanced to me.
mata is offline  
#21 of 23 Old 11-19-2009, 04:49 AM
 
momo7's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: hither, thither, and yon
Posts: 1,116
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by panamama View Post
i am a chiptle fan too, but it squicks me out sometimes when i think about the fact that they are/were owned by mcdonald's.


WHAT???? NO WAY!!! That is sooooo disapointing.

Anybody like Jason's Deli.....their salad bar is all organic...and I don't think they use MSG either.....I think they state that on theri menu.....

I started eating at Jason's instead of Panera's ........Jason's is just better.

 

 

Crazy mom of 9. grouphug.gif  A wife to one.  flowersforyou.gif

 

 

-Life is a long lesson in humility.-

 

James M. Barrie

momo7 is offline  
#22 of 23 Old 11-19-2009, 06:31 AM
 
JessicaS's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Posts: 43,864
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by panamama View Post
i am a chiptle fan too, but it squicks me out sometimes when i think about the fact that they are/were owned by mcdonald's.
McDonalds was an investor in Chiptole, it is a bit different. McDonalds sold their part off in 2006

http://www.businessweek.com/magazine...1/b4025088.htm

Not all those who wander are lost 
JessicaS is offline  
#23 of 23 Old 11-25-2009, 12:37 PM
 
sleepingbeauty's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: New York, USA
Posts: 1,327
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I think my heart just broke. I liked Panera too....

Kris violin.gif: in love with J shine.gif, "auntie" to W (6yrs) sleepytime.gif  and Z (4yrs) blowkiss.gif and "mommy" to Katie goldfish.gif

 

→Waiting to start our own little family after college and marriage←

Back to school May 2013!

Someday it will be my turn: h20homebirth.giffemalesling.GIFnak.gifnocirc.gifcd.gif

sleepingbeauty is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Drag and Drop File Upload
Drag files here to attach!
Upload Progress: 0
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Mothering Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page


Forum Jump: 

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off