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Taco Bell Meat: Not Really Meat!

By carolyncastiglia |

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Taco Bell is taking heat for their "meat."

Taco Bell has finally proven just how good they are at thinking outside the bun.  Turns out they’re thinking outside the beef, as well.  The fast food chain has been in the news quite a bit recently, initially because they pulled their ads from MTV’s Skins, and now because they’re being sued for false-advertising.  A California woman named Amanda Obney brought a class-action suit against the “Mexican inspired” joint, alleging that Taco Bell’s “seasoned beef” is anything but.  According to the suit, “Taco Bell’s ground beef is made of such components as water, isolated oat product, wheat oats, soy lecithin, maltodextrin, anti-dusting agent, autolyzed yeast extract, modified corn starch and sodium phosphate, as well as some beef and seasonings.”

Mmmmmmmmm!  Yum!

Attorney Dee Miles of Beasley Allen, who filed the suit, claimed “just 35 percent of the taco filling was a solid, and just 15 percent overall was protein.”  Gross, for sure.  But is anyone really surprised?

I have a long-standing love affair with Taco Bell, and it’s the only fast food I’ll let my 5-year-old eat.  The good news is, she always orders the same thing: a cheese roll-up, meaning she’s never been exposed to Taco Bell’s bogus beef.  Me, on the other hand… I’ve had countless Meximelts and hard tacos and burritos made from anti-dusting agent.  I’m not at all surprised to find out that Taco Bell’s beef is fake – internally, they call it “taco meat filling,” avoiding the word beef altogether.  But knowing now exactly what that taco meat filling is made of will make it harder for me to find it as appealing.  That’s probably a good thing, since I’ve given up on all other fast food.  I guess it’s just time to add Taco Bell to the list of fake foods I will no longer indulge in.  Besides, a cheese roll-up is one thing I can actually make at home.

Source: Lawsuit filed in beef over Taco Bell ‘meat’LA Times

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6 thoughts on “Taco Bell Meat: Not Really Meat!

  1. Hillary says:

    In all honesty, I’d rather eat wheat oats than the cheap factory farmed beef they would buy. I’m not a vegetarian, but I do make sure I know where my meat is coming from. Taco Bell…scary.

  2. Gretchen Powers says:

    What does she want for 99 cents, seriously?

  3. Shannon Drury says:

    Even teenagers know that the REAL name of the restaurant is Toxic Hell.

  4. ALittleShort says:

    I actually don’t care one iota. In fact, I just might stop at Taco Hell on my way home from work…

  5. Snarky Mama says:

    Make a run for the bathroom.

  6. Jen says:

    Oh please. If anyone every thought Taco Bell was healthy they were delusion or at least half retarded. Finding out that fast food isn’t the epitomy of healthy eating shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. Let’s all use some common sense.

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