This is a guest article by Mannie Barling and Ashley F. Brooks – Simon

What’s more?  Taco Bell now boasts of putting all of these chemical-based ingredients into your food to sell it.  A California woman filed a lawsuit claiming that Taco Bell’s beef products contain very little meat.  The class-action suit objects to Taco Bell calling its products “seasoned ground beef or seasoned beef, when in fact a substantial amount of the filling contains substances other than beef.”

According to attorney W. Daniel Miles III, just 35% of the Taco Bell taco filling was a solid, and just 15% overall was protein.  Taco Bell officials rejected the claims that the meat in their tacos, burritos and other products is not all beef.

Taco Bell President Greg Creed said, “At Taco Bell, we buy our beef from the same trusted brands you find in the supermarket.  We start with 100% USDA-inspected beef. Then we simmer it in our proprietary blend of seasonings and spices to give our seasoned beef its signature Taco Bell taste and texture.”

Okay.  If that means Taco Bell uses the same USDA meat found in markets, then Taco Bell uses the same steroid-pumped, factory farmed beef, caged in at least ankle-deep urine-soaked manure that requires the insertion of ammonia to stop the E. coli bacteria that most, if not all, of the other fast food chains use.

Its largest supplier, Tyson Foods Inc., is well-known for putting 14% salt brine and MSG into chickens.  If they put salt and MSG into their chickens before shipping, then what do they put into their beef to make it taste better?  We suspect that the use of the bland-tasting GMO Bt corn-fed beef is the reason why Taco Bell must put so many additives and chemicals into their tacos and burritos.

The lawsuit alleges and Taco Bell admits on their website that the alleged meat mixture contains binders and fillers.  Taco Bell took out ads proclaiming that its taco filling is 88% beef.

Assuming for a moment that Taco Bell’s representation is true, that means there is still 12% of GMO foods and additive ingredients such as MSG in the taco.  If there is four ounces of beef in the taco, then it contains one-half ounce (4 and a half full teaspoons) of artificial chemicals.  Even by their standards, that’s a lot of junk in a taco.
The lawsuit points out that Taco Bell saves money by adding fillers because the beef is the most expensive part of their products.  But we suspect that the chemicals are added because GMO Bt Toxin-fed beef is tasteless and dull unless “spiked” with chemicals such as MSG and BT Toxin-derived high fructose corn syrup are added.

How many food additives, ingredients that hide MSG and variations of GMO Bt corn are added?  Judge for yourself.  These are the ingredients in a common order of a taco, tortilla and enchilada rice taken directly from Taco Bell’s website so we would not be accused of exaggerating.

Several research groups including Consumer Reports have independently tested such products and found that they contain 2.5 times more than what is set forth on the ingredients label.  In some, instances, particularly sugar, the amounts double because the sugar in high fructose corn syrup is not added to the amount of sugar on the label.

Seasoned Ground Beef

Beef, Water, Seasoning [Isolated Oat Product, Salt, Chili Pepper, Onion Powder, Tomato Powder, Oats (Wheat), Soy Lecithin, Sugar, Spices, Maltodextrin, Soybean Oil (Anti-dusting Agent), Garlic Powder, Autolyzed Yeast Extract, Citric Acid, Caramel Color, Cocoa Powder (Processed With Alkali), Silicon Dioxide, Natural Flavors, Yeast, Modified Corn Starch, Natural Smoke Flavor], Salt, Sodium Phosphates. CONTAINS SOYBEAN, WHEAT  – Approximately 25 ingredients.

If only 30% of the supposed meat is beef, then you are essentially eating a soy-wheat substitute with a little beef to keep from completely false advertising its content.  At least 19 ingredients contain MSG hidden using industry-wide “clean labeling” tricks.  Approximately 12 ingredients come from genetically modified fruits, vegetables and spices.  An unholy cocktail of chemical ingredients worthy of Swamp Thing.

Taco Shell

Enriched Bleached Wheat Flour (Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Water, Ground Corn Treated With Lime, Vegetable Oil (Cottonseed Oil, Citric Acid), Contains Less Than 2% Of The Following: Salt, Fumaric Acid, Calcium Proprionate And Potassium Sorbate (Use As Preservatives). Oil: High-Oleic Low-Linolenic Canola Oil, TBHQ (To Protect Flavor), Dimethylpolysiloxane (An Antifoaming Agent). CONTAINS: WHEAT. Enriched Bleached Wheat Flour (Flour, Malted Barley Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Water, Ground Corn Treated With Lime, Vegetable Oil (Contains One Or More Of The Following: Corn Oil, Soybean Oil) with TBHQ and Citric Acid (to preserve freshness), Contains 2% or Less Of The Following: Salt, Calcium Propionate and Potassium Sorbate (to preserve freshness), Fumaric Acid. Oil: High-Oleic Low-Linolenic.  Approximately 30 ingredients – at least 16 of which contain a form of MSG and approximately 10 ingredients are derived from genetically modified plants.

Tortilla

Enriched Bleached Wheat Flour (Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamine, Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Water, Ground Corn treated with Lime, Vegetable Oil (Cottonseed Oil, Citric Acid), Contains less than 2% of the following: Salt, Fumaric Acid, Calcium Propionate and Potassium Sorbate (use as Preservatives). CONTAINS: WHEAT Enriched Bleached Wheat Flour (Flour, Malted Barley Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamine, Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Water, Ground Corn treated with Lime, Vegetable Oil (contains one or more of the following: Corn Oil, Soybean Oil) with TBHQ and Citric Acid (to preserve freshness), contains 2% or less of the following: Salt, Calcium Propionate and Potassium Sorbate (to preserve freshness), Furmaric Acid, Dough Conditioner. CONTAINS: WHEAT Enriched Bleached Wheat Flour (Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamine, Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Water, Ground Corn treated with Lime, Vegetable Oil (contains Soybean Oil) contains 2% or less of the following: Salt, Calcium Propionate, Potassium Sorbate (to preserve freshness), Furmaric Acid. CONTAINS: WHEAT Enriched Bleached Wheat Flour (Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamine, Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Water, Ground Corn treated with Lime, Vegetable Oil (Cottonseed Oil, Citric Acid), contains less than 2% of the following: Salt, Fumaric Acid, Calcium Propionate and Potassium Sorbate (use as Preservatives). CONTAINS: WHEAT *Will Contain One Of The Ingredient Statements Above, Depending Upon Regional Suppliers.  This is another 40 plus ingredients with more than 20 of which contain a form of MSG and approximately 12 ingredients are derived from genetically modified plants.

A Chalupa Shell contains approximately 70 Ingredients.  Chipotle Sauce contains approximately 29 Ingredients.  Their Chili contains approximately 45 Ingredients.  Their Enchilada Rice contains approximately 50 ingredients.  The Fiesta Salsa contains 12 ingredients and the Fire Roasted Salsa contains 23 ingredients.  Please remember that we copied these ingredients directly from the Taco Bell website.

A simple taco in a shell with ground beef, rice and salsa contains approximately 128 ingredients most of which contain MSG and are derived from genetically modified fruits vegetables and spices.  So, how many more teaspoons of ingredients does a Super Taco contain?

It only takes about four ingredients to make a taco shell at home.  It only takes about five ingredients to make seasoned ground beef at home – including spices.  Fifty ingredients to make Enchilada Rice?  Shocking!  Rice is one of the simplest meals to cook and making in the traditional Mexican-style only takes a few spices and some peppers.

For those of us growing up in Southern California, Taco Bell is not Mexican food.  We really don’t know what it is or what to call it other than manipulated junk food.  After having real Mexican food prepared in “mom and pop” stores or even taco and burrito stands around Los Angeles, Taco Bell should be embarrassed.

If you think your hamburger is any better, we suggest that you read our blog, Does Your Fast Food Hamburger Come from Steroid-pumped, Caged Cattle, Knee-deep in Urine Soaked Manure?  According to their website, a McDonald’s Big Mac contains 69 ingredients and McDonald’s fries contain 46 different ingredients.

The next time you think about eating a hand-sized taco or burrito at Taco Bell, ask yourself, “Is this a taco or burrito or is it a chemical dump site that I am going to eat?”

Sadly, Taco Bell has chosen to brag about its chemical contents instead of offering to change and improve their product.  The simple fact is that until fast foods chains stop using steroid-pumped, factory farmed beef, caged in at least ankle-deep urine soaked manure that requires the insertion of ammonia to stop the E. coli bacteria, Americans will suffer from increased weight gain, obesity and ultimately illness or disease.

If you would like to understand what these ingredients are and how they cause weight gain, food addiction, obesity and illness, you can find this information in our books contained in valuable charts and explained at length in the text.

Mannie Barling and Ashley F. Brooks, R.N., are the authors of the award winning books – Arthritis, Inflammation, Gout, Crohn’s, IBD and IBS – How to Eliminate Pain and Extend your Life (Books and Authors 2010 Best Books in the Health, Diet & Reference Categories) and Mannie’s Diet and Enzyme Formula – A Change of Lifestyle Diet Designed for Everyone (Blogger News Net 2010 Best Health And Nutrition Book Award winner) available at HowToEliminatePain.com, Amazon, Barnes&Noble, and other booksellers around the world.
The authors’ latest book, It’s Not Your Fault – Weight Gain, Obesity and Food Addiction is now available at HowtoEliminatePain.com, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and booksellers everywhere.

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