Let Taco Bell Help You Get Healthy

Sunday, January 10, 2010
Posted in category Food & Nutrition

Via the Living Primal blog, I came across this Taco Bell ad for the “Drive-Thru Diet.” The Drive-Thru Diet, of course, places its emphasis on avoiding “fat.” Taco Bell gives you “7 incredible options” that contain less than 9 grams of fat.

Yet here’s the nutritional information:

Chicken, Southwest
Chicken Breast Meat With Rib Meat, Water, Seasoning [Salt, Maltodextrin, Spices, Garlic Powder, Chili Pepper, Paprika, Onion Powder, Carrageenan, Disodium Inosinate, Disodium Guanylate, Natural Flavoring, Mixed Triglycerides, Yeast, Modified Corn Starch, Corn Syrup Solids, Yeast Extract, Alginates (Sodium, Calcium And/Or Ammonium), Cellulose, Calcium Chloride, Sodium Benzoate Used To Protect Quality, Not More Than 2% Silicon Dioxide Added To Prevent Caking, Soybean Oil], Modified Food Starch, Sodium Phosphates Soy Lecithin (Used As A Processing Aid).Contains Soybean .

Beans
Pinto Beans, Partially Hydrogenated Soy Bean Oil (With TBHQ And Citric Acid Added To Protect Flavor) , Salt.

Sauce, Red
Water, Paprika, Modified Corn Starch, Salt, Onion Powder, Tomato Powder, Spices, Garlic Powder, Autolyzed Yeast Extract, Malic Acid, Guar Gum, Xanthan Gum, Silicon Dioxide As An Anticaking Agent, Ascorbic Acid, Citric Acid.

The message is avoid healthy fats but come to Taco Bell and eat processed foods, GMOs, carbs, and chemicals – along with partially hydrogenated everything. When people wake up to the fact that fat does not make you fat, they may actually begin to get healthy (and thin). Fat is not only good for you, and necessary for your body’s many functions, but saturated fat is healthy and necessary. It is grains that you must avoid. By the way, my diet is approximately 60% (or more ) fat. I’ll be discussing that in some upcoming posts on the primal nutritional lifestyle.

Adding to the insanity is this revelation that people now deep fry Coke. This habit emerged, of all places, from state fairs.

Abel Gonzales Jr. flavors his batter with Coca-Cola, deep fries it, drizzles Coke fountain syrup on it, then tops it all off with whipped cream, cinnamon sugar and a cherry. Gonzales’s creation won for creativity at the second-annual Big Tex Choice Awards Contest, beating out such delicacies as deep-fried macaroni cheese and deep-fried Cosmos.



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7 Responses to Let Taco Bell Help You Get Healthy

  1. Robin says:

    January 10th, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    I was about to buy some chicken bouillon mix at the grocery store yesterday, but when I saw all the chemicals and hydrogenated oils on the ingredients label, I put it back on the shelf. I’d rather create chicken stock at home by simmering scraps from a roasted chicken in water with salt and spices.

  2. Richard Nikoley says:

    January 10th, 2010 at 7:59 pm

  3. Zach says:

    January 10th, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    Disgusting, I wish I could “unwatch” this, but that’s not possible.  In the clip they force the kids to eat and judge the deep fried coke.  I guess the kid from 4H who grew the biggest pumpkin or the girl with the best lil’ pig aren’t as interesting as deep fried sugar water.  The State Fair, a chance to highlight what your local folks around you produce, now highlights different ways to fry food.  I became stupider watching this video, thankfully it was after I read what you wrote which made me smarter, so it’s a net gain.

  4. Robin says:

    January 11th, 2010 at 8:54 am

    This video is a good example of why I avoid watching MSM news broadcasts as much as possible, particularly the local news. Even when the talking heads aren’t pushing the “we-need-more-state-intervention” message, they love to exalt trivial and foolish things. The latter is done with a fake tone of intense, breathless excitement, like that used to induce an infant to smile for a photograph or open his mouth for another spoonful of disgusting pablum.

  5. liberranter says:

    January 11th, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    Of all of this nation’s “fast food” purveyors, Taco Bell’s offerings are beyond doubt the most vile. I’ve only purchased food from them twice in the last twenty years, both on occasions when I was in the company of friends or colleagues who wanted to eat there and I was not in a position to part company with them. I swear that the “ground beef” they use in their food is watered down canned dog food, only without the savory flavor. And is there anything that they don’t deep fry? I swear too that even the lettuce in their taco salads was coated with a layer of oil!

    One of the most inexplicable recurring Taco Bell phenomena I ever witnessed took place during my years as a seagoing mercenary for Leviathan when I spent six months in Bahrain. While no SANE human being, even those among us who were fluent in the Arabic language and familiar with local customs, actually wanted to go across the causeway into Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, it was common for many of my shipmates to BEG for day trips over the bridge for one reason and one reason alone: to visit the only Taco Bell (at the time) in the region. With all of the fresh, healthy, and tasty local foods available, which were of infinitely better quality, why ANYONE would make a hassle-filled road trip to another country to purchase food from a fifth-rate version of a fifteenth-rate American fast food restaurant simply escaped me. I couldn’t believe anyone would be THAT homesick. Chalk it up, I guess, to the complete co-opting of the average American’s palate (and digestive system) by the purveyors of slow chemical poisoning.

  6. Robin says:

    January 11th, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    Liberranter describes the taste of Taco Bell ground beef accurately. I’d like to add that TB’s flour tortillas taste like glue (as do pretty much all mass produced flour tortillas).

  7. Tomás says:

    January 17th, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    I hate how with each of these “innovations” in deep-frying everything, people just laugh at it like it’s cute. IT’S DISGUSTING, PEOPLE! I can understand feeling guilty for wanting something, but is at least somewhat appealing like McNuggets or french fries or milkshakes, but these monstrosities don’t even resemble anything appetizing at all, it seems cuisine is just turning into one giant dare. yuck!

    I also couldn’t even finish watching the video, once the talking head got all excited about pushing this crap onto their child judges. It’s one thing for an adult that has established good habits or at least has the capacity to get themselves away from such junk to “taste-test” it, but to have impressionable kids who still have developing taste pallets and no choice of what they’re fed by the random luck of what family they end up in, is just plain awful. Kicking the HFCS soda was one of the HARDEST habits I had to give up because it so ingrained to just feed our children that poison and it denudes your taste buds. I can easily say that it was more difficult to give up HFCS soda (I drink sugar-cane cola now like once a week, if that) than it was to quite cigarette smoking.

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