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April 30, 2014
Taco Bell's 'Mystery Meat' RevealedTopics: Political News and commentaries
I'm a big fan of Taco Bell, always have been, and never even gave a second thought as to what was in the meat ... just figured it was 'meat,' as in - ground beef. I do recall that back in January of 2011 Taco Bell proclaimed that its beef is comprised of 88% 'actual beef', but figured whatever else was in it was just 'fillers' of some kind that were relatively safe or Taco Bell couldn't use it. Now Taco Bell is explaining exactly what that other mysterious 12% is.
[...] Some of the non-beef ingredients "do have weird names," but all of them are "completely safe and approved by the FDA," Taco Bell explains on a new page titled, "What Are Those Other Ingredients?" The page goes on to explain each ingredient, like so: "Isn't cellulose a fancy term for wood?" it asks, and then answers, "Cellulose is a safe carbohydrate found in the cell walls of plants and helps with water and oil binding." Other weirdly named ingredients are used to improve taste (trehalose, maltodextrin, and torula yeast), reduce sodium levels (potassium chloride, a common salt substitute), and bind the finished product together (soy lecithin), among other things.Keep reading here. The company goes on to point out that they use the same quality beef used in all ground beef like you'd find in the grocery store,
And then, of course, there are less-weird ingredients, like salt, pepper, and spices -- although the Huffington Post finds it odd that one of the ingredients is "a black pepper flavor," rather than simply "black pepper." What about fillers? The company says it doesn't use any, and the oats that are included in the ingredient list simply help keep the beef moist. As for the 88% of the beef that is actually beef, no, it is not "Grade D" -- in fact, Taco Bell notes, there is no such USDA beef grade.
Bottom line, now knowing what's in it ... I'd rather have a 88% beef Taco Bell taco than gobble down a McDonald's 'mystery meat' burger.
Posted by Hyscience at April 30, 2014 4:13 PM
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