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Jan. 28, 2011

But is it Food…?

by Carl Flatow

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In the “You can’t make this stuff up” department I had to chuckle while reading the article in today’s Washington Post, entitled, “Is that right? The beef over Taco Bell meat.” Following Beef and Water on the ingredient label supplied by the reporter is the item called Seasoning. For me this raises the question, when it comes to “food science,” Just because we can, does that mean we should? Bearing in mind that Natural Flavors are “Natural” in the same way that High Fructose Corn Syrup is a “Natural Sweetener,” here’s that list of the meat inside these Tacos:

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

I think they missed the opportunity to claim that they’re doing the consumer a favor by including a “vegetable” within the meat….

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