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CoreLife Eatery given top ratings among national chains for healthy eating – syracuse.com

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With people ordering in from restaurants during the coronavirus pandemic, Consumer Reports rated 17 national chain restaurants, including Central New York founded CoreLife Eatery for their healthier offerings. The findings? CoreLife Eatery came out on top.

Consumer Reports gave ratings based on not just the availability of a healthy meal option, but also how closely the menu aligned with the U.S. Dietary Guidelines, how easy it is to make a healthier choice. Each restaurant was given ratings in five categories:

  • Beverages — Places that didn’t serve soda and had alternative options with at least 25% less sugar than soda and not sweetened with substitutes such as aspartame or stevia got higher scores.
  • Whole grains — Places that offered 100% whole-grain bread, quinoa, or brown rice got higher scores.
  • Fruits and vegetables — Places that offered a wide variety and used them for more than garnishes or side salads got higher scores.
  • Sodium — Places should offer a reasonable number of appetizing choices that have less than 1,000 mg of sodium.
  • Saturated Fat— Places should offer a reasonable number of appetizing choices that have 10 grams of saturated fat or less.

CoreLife Eatery was rated “Excellent” in beverages, fruit and vegetables, and saturated fat. It rated “Very Good” in whole grains and sodium.

Consumer Reports said of CoreLife, “They’re replete with a wide variety of vegetables, grains, and legumes; some include tuna, chicken, or grass-fed beef. Most of the dishes have less than 1,000 mg of sodium and less than 10 grams of saturated fat. Beverages are mostly organic teas or fruit-based drinks. Some have added sugars but usually less than in soda, and servings are capped at 12 ounces.”

They received higher ratings than other nationwide chains like Chipotle, Panera, Starbucks, Panda Express, Olive Garden, The Cheesecake Factory and more.

“We are humbled and honored to receive this recognition from Consumer Reports,” Todd Mansfield, CoreLife Eatery co-founder said. “Since CoreLife Eatery’s inception in 2015, we’ve known we had something truly special with our concept and the food and beverage choices we offer. It is so rewarding to know the food service industry recognizes our commitment to offering great-tasting and healthier alternatives to traditional quick-service fare. We value our customers and will continue to strive to be the restaurant they look to for a healthy, delicious meal.”

The health-conscious restaurant, which first opened in North Syracuse, has grown to more than 60 locations nationwide. CoreLife temporarily closed some restaurants in March due to the coronavirus pandemic. Check local restaurants ahead for hours and curbside pickup availability.

See the full Consumer Reports ratings on their website.


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