Taco Bell Rebuts Beefy Lawsuit

In response to recent litigation that claims Taco Bell's "beef" is anything but, Taco Bell's parent company, YUM Brands, announced that they will be filing a counter suit, and addressed worried customers with this add...

Reading this, I can't help but think of all those dedicated Taco Bell chefs, stirring simmering pots of seasoned beef, worrying about the great tragedy of "boring" plain ground beef.   

But, alas, the real question should be "What else is Taco Bell putting in its food?"  To answer this question, one only has to check out Taco Bell's own website and take a gander at the attractively named "Ingredient Statement".

For example, "rice" seems simple enough.  Probably just "rice", right?  Well actually it's this...

"RICE

Water, Seasoning: Salt, Maltodextrin, Tomato Powder, Potassium Chloride, Natural Flavor (With Autolyzed Yeast Extract, Maltodextrin, High Oleic Sunflower Oil, Disodium Inosinate, Disodium Guanylate, Sunflower Lecithin), Spices, Dehydrated Onions, Dehydrated Tomatoes, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Paprika [Color], Citric Acid, Dehydrated Green Bell Peppers, Dehydrated Red Bell Peppers, Extractive of Paprika [Color], Disodium Inosinate, Disodium Guanylate, Garlic Extractives (Contains Modified Corn Starch, Corn Starch), Onion Extractives (Contains Modified Corn Starch, Dextrin, Corn Starch), Less Than 2% Silicon Dioxide Added To Prevent Caking. Rice (Raw): Enriched Precooked Parboiled Long Grain Rice [Rice, Niacin, Ferric Orthophosphate (Iron), Thiamine Mononitrate (Thiamine), Folic Acid]. Oil: High-Oleic Low-Linolenic Canola Oil, TBHQ (To Protect Flavor), Dimethylpolysiloxane (An Antifoaming Agent)."

Or, the "three cheese blend".  I would imagine that it's one, two, three cheeses!  Shoot, wrong again...

"THREE CHEESE BLEND

Low Moisture Part-Skim Mozzarella Cheese (Cultured Pasteurized Part Skim Milk, Salt, Enzymes), Cheddar Cheese (Cultured Pasteurized Milk, Salt, Enzymes, Annatto), Pasteurized Process Monterey Jack And American Cheese With Peppers [Monterey Jack And American Cheese (Cultured Milk, Salt, Enzymes), Water, Cream, Sodium Citrate, Salt, Sodium Phosphate, Sorbic Acid (Preservative), Lactic Acid], Anti-Caking Agent. CONTAINS MILK Low Moisture Part-Skim Mozzarella Cheese (Cultured Pasteurized Part Skim Milk, Salt, Enzymes), Cheddar Cheese (Cultured Pasteurized Milk, Salt, Enzymes, Annatto), Pasteurized Process Monterey Jack And American Cheese With Peppers [Monterey Jack And American Cheese (Cultured Milk, Salt, Enzymes), Water, Cream, Sodium Citrate, Salt, Sodium Phosphate, Jalapeno Peppers, Sorbic Acid (Preservative), Lactic Acid], Anti-caking Agent. CONTAINS MILK *Will Contain One Of The Ingredient Statements Above, Depending Upon Regional Suppliers"

It looks like Taco Bell has been playing fast and loose with the phrase "real".  According to their logic, you can call something "real" as long as it is part-real.  This is sort of like "truth" being mostly lie with a little true sprinkled in.  
Most people who eat at Taco Bell probably don't care too much about their food being real.  However, if you do eat there, and you do care, the cilantro, tomatoes, onions, lettuce, and limes are legit.  But then there is the whole salmonella thing.





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About Tony Fed

Tony is the host of the Paleo Magazine Radio podcast, author of "Paleo Grilling: A Modern Caveman's Guide to Cooking with Fire", and Cofounder of Powerful PT, an innovative information resource for Fitness Professionals. He has appeared on numerous local and national television and radio broadcasts and regularly hosts healthy cooking workshops and informational lectures. He is also a full-time Personal Trainer and Wellness Consultant who lives in Jacksonville Florida with his wife Jamie.
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