Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Filling But What Is That Filling?

 Taco Bell is being sued by an Alabama firm that says there meat filling is more filling then meat.

Here is the full article from the Consumerist but my favorite is the list of ingredients in the ground meat:

The suit claims that Taco Bell's meat-like offering is filled with extenders and other non-meat substances listed in the lawsuit like water, "Isolated Oat Product," wheat oats, soy lecithin, maltodrextrin, anti-dusting agent, autolyzed yeast extract, modified corn starch and sodium phosphate as well as beef and seasonings.

What the fuck is anti-dusting agent?   And is Beef at the end of the list because it is in order of amount in the filling?  So there's more Isolated oat product than Beef?  Inquiring minds want to know!  Not that I would ever eat something like this....but it is nice to know that the contents of fast food is starting to be scrutinized enough that lawsuits are being filed.  Not that any of it is news to us foodies, but the more the media reports on this the more able people are to make a decision as to what they choose to eat.  Bottom line is that fast food is cheap and it's cheap for a reason, if they started filling it with grass fed beef it wouldn't be cheap!  So in the end it's all about economics how do you feed billions of people food they can afford that is also good for them? 

1 comment:

Kurt Brown said...

I wrote a thousand word essay on Taco Bell and the economics of healthy food, that took me 40 minutes to write and made me cry, but when I hit the publish button, blogger said "sorry, we couldn't complete your request" and then wiped it all out (I didn't save it).

So I'm posting this useless comment instead, just to show that I tried.

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