Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Our meat is up to 35% meat!

According to a class-action suit filed on Friday in federal court Taco Bell's "Seasoned Ground beef" does not contain enough beef. According to the suit it is only 35% beef. The rest is "other ingredients including water, wheat oats, soy lecithin, maltodrextrin, anti-dusting agent and modified corn starch."
Article here.
35% of their meat is meat. Just over 1/3.
If that's what's in their "ground beef" what is in the "nacho cheese sauce?"

This is why I suggest to my clients to eat out as little as possible, and if they must, to go to small local restaurants. Large chains have long supply lines, and are all about hook (salt, fat, sugar combo that releases all kinds of feel-good chemicals in our brains) and using the lowest cost ingredients they can. Frankly, they don't care about your health. They care about their bottom line, and buying quality ingredients, lean well produced meats, and quality fats are bad for the bottom line.
More over I don't trust that the ingredients listed for their foods are exactly what is in their food (see above). In this case, someone who is trying to eat paleo, or low carb gets a giant dose of wheat, oats, maltodextrin (sugar) and corn starch. It wrecks their diet and they don't lose weight. The dieter "tried that diet and it didn't work." In reality they didn't. There were all kinds of starches and sugars hidden in their food.
The only way to know what you're eating is buy foods that don't need a label (meat, vegetables, fruits) and prepare them yourself. Failing that, eat at small shops and buy foods in a recognizable form (if it looks like a chicken, it's probably a chicken and not a soy bean).

As an aside, this goes for folks who are trying to put on weight too. Go to your local diner and you'll get more calories than at a fast food joint and you won't feel like re-heated crap afterward. Hell, go to your grandmother's house, and she'll put some weight on you for free.


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