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Seasoned beef only contains 35% meat

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created January 25, 2011 at 7:16 PM

It appears that the seasoned beef at Taco Bell really isn't...

Attorney Dee Miles said the meat mixture contained just 35 percent beef, with the remaining 65 percent containing water, wheat oats, soy lecithin, maltodrextrin, anti-dusting agent and modified corn starch.

Here's a link to the full article.

I don't personally eat at Taco Bell, but in a pinch I will get a burger (without the bun) at Cook Out. I also used to eat at Chipotle occasionally until I found out that everything is cooked in soybean oil. Now I go to Qdoba if I can. It's very similar to Chipotle without the soy.

I've seen some questions about good places to eat out, but what are some of the places that might seem innocuous but should be avoided at all costs?

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on January 27, 2011
at 01:20 AM

Travis- I just found the full list of ingredients: Water, 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, silicon dioxide (anti-caking agent), natural flavors, yeast, modified corn starch, natural smoke flavor, salt, sodium phosphate, less than 2% of beef broth, potassium phosphate, and potassium lactate. Since soybean oil is listed as the anti-dusting agent, I assume it's meant to keep it moist.

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on January 26, 2011
at 06:56 PM

That's so disgusting...

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on January 26, 2011
at 06:19 PM

I've found both these things to be true. A friend of mine insists that ghee is unhealthy. Very bad point of view for a vegetarian to take, especially one who is Indian and cooks otherwise traditional Indian food using crazy vegetable oils. At Indian restaurants they'll tell you that it's just too expensive to use ghee. I'm in the minority that would pay extra, I guess.

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on January 26, 2011
at 02:43 PM

I have celiac disease, and before I took a road trip last month, I posted to a celiac group to get some ideas on what to eat out, and someone actually suggested Taco Bell since I could get corn shells (which can be cross contaminated). I intuitively knew better, but obviously, a lot of people don't. On another note, on that trip, I planned to dine with a friend and we though Red Lobster might be safe. It turns out wheat and soy are in nearly ALL of their products. Not even baked potatoes were safe.

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on January 26, 2011
at 05:13 AM

Long ago, I bought a taco bell taco. But after testing it, I didn't like the taste so I gave it to my dog and he sniffed it but also refused to eat it! He loved meat but would not eat that taco bell concoction. It went into the trash. THat was a long time ago, but I still remember it. The only other 'meat' he balked at was mcdonald's burger, but unlike the taco bell, he eventually did decide to gingerly consume the mcdonald's stuff.

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on January 26, 2011
at 01:09 AM

Couldn't agree more. I'm Indian and I LOVE Ghee. Unfortunately for cost reasons no Indian restaurant uses it :(

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on January 26, 2011
at 12:45 AM

Ghee costs more and indians have been brainwashed to think it is unhealthy.

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on January 25, 2011
at 08:58 PM

Because it's the highest % besides liquid.

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on January 25, 2011
at 08:20 PM

What in the name of mother earth is an anti-dusting agent? Is it meant to counteract the sawdust present?

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on January 25, 2011
at 07:47 PM

im actually surprised its that much. when i was vegan, back in the mid 90s, i had heard that it was TVP with beef fat and beef powder for "flavor".

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on January 25, 2011
at 07:32 PM

thank you very much for posting this!

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on January 25, 2011
at 07:29 PM

When I worked there, 20 some odd years ago, it was 100% ground beef. I cooked a lot of it.....

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on January 25, 2011
at 07:24 PM

Oh man...I miss Cook Out. Drool.

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on January 25, 2011
at 07:18 PM

WOW. Only 35% meat? That's crazy.

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154d799847153f5589f99496a9bdbb71

on January 26, 2011
at 12:57 PM

To answer your question: the cereal aisle!

Along the same lines as beef that's not beef, here's 5 "blueberry" products that don't contain actual blueberries:

http://blogs.houstonpress.com/eating/2011/01/blueberry_labels_products.php

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531db50c958cf4d5605ee0c5ae8a57be

on January 25, 2011
at 08:07 PM

Indian restaurants. EVERYTHING is contaminated with vegetable oil (soybean oil).

While Indian food cooked with ghee can be delicious, no one uses it.

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on January 26, 2011
at 12:45 AM

Ghee costs more and indians have been brainwashed to think it is unhealthy.

531db50c958cf4d5605ee0c5ae8a57be

(8878)

on January 26, 2011
at 06:19 PM

I've found both these things to be true. A friend of mine insists that ghee is unhealthy. Very bad point of view for a vegetarian to take, especially one who is Indian and cooks otherwise traditional Indian food using crazy vegetable oils. At Indian restaurants they'll tell you that it's just too expensive to use ghee. I'm in the minority that would pay extra, I guess.

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(350)

on January 26, 2011
at 01:09 AM

Couldn't agree more. I'm Indian and I LOVE Ghee. Unfortunately for cost reasons no Indian restaurant uses it :(

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on January 26, 2011
at 09:06 AM

http://jezebel.com/5742665/this-is-what-really-hides-in-taco-bells-beef

This is just disgusting.Think about all of the Celiac's out there who try to avoid gluten like the plague, only to be foiled by the "meat" fake-out.

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on January 26, 2011
at 02:43 PM

I have celiac disease, and before I took a road trip last month, I posted to a celiac group to get some ideas on what to eat out, and someone actually suggested Taco Bell since I could get corn shells (which can be cross contaminated). I intuitively knew better, but obviously, a lot of people don't. On another note, on that trip, I planned to dine with a friend and we though Red Lobster might be safe. It turns out wheat and soy are in nearly ALL of their products. Not even baked potatoes were safe.

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7fe08b47d7d073a906802a4170ae24bf

(350)

on January 26, 2011
at 01:09 AM

They call it "Taco Hell" for a reason! LOL

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on January 25, 2011
at 09:33 PM

Explains why it is so cheap...

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on January 25, 2011
at 09:30 PM

By their standards, is all beef mostly water? If so, this seems very misleading

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on January 25, 2011
at 09:00 PM

When I was a teenager I used to work at Taco Bell. I always questioned the meat. Now I know.

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on January 25, 2011
at 08:30 PM

I've known for years Taco Bell cut their beef with oatmeal.Many restaurants stretch their ground meat with bread crumbs or some similar filler.However, at only 35%, how can they legally call it beef anymore?

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(22923)

on January 25, 2011
at 08:58 PM

Because it's the highest % besides liquid.

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