Where’s the Beef? What Qualifies As Food These Days

Where's the beef? What the Alabama lawsuit against Taco Bell means

So you likely saw the dust-up in Alabama over Taco Bell serving tacos with less than 35% beef product and advertising it as beef. People were horrified that something so cheap and greasy would be “fake beef” with tons of fillers to keep the profit margins high.

I was more appalled that 35% beef qualified as being labeled beef! Could we at least have 50%?  If someone had asked before you read the story, I bet you would have guessed something like 90%.  I know I would have … woah!

By the way, it’s the U.S. Department of Agriculture that sets this standard.  They’re supposed to be protecting us.   (If you want to gross yourself out, peruse their labeling guide; parts are disgusting and very, very eye-opening!)

In a rare moment of weakness, I recently caved in and ordered chicken nuggets for my son at McDonald’s.  Anyone wanna guess what percentage of chicken is actually in those things?  I had no idea so I went and checked …

  • 6 Chicken Nuggets are 3.4 ounces and have 15 grams of protein (one ounce is 28 grams).
  • The same amount of chicken breast has just shy of 30 grams of protein.

Hmmm, where’s the other 50% of the protein content?  Oh yeah … breading and “filler.”

Ick.

So Taco Bell got caught with their pants down, but they are by no means the only “bad guys” out there.  Somewhere food lobbyists managed to get the definition of beef down to 35% actual beef content.  I wonder who got a nice new pair of Italian shoes for pulling off that move?

Makes you think twice before you order off the dollar menu doesn’t it?  I hope so!

The reason why food is cheap in America is because it’s often questionable that what we are eating is honest-to-goodness food.  Take a minute to think about the value of what you’re paying for.  Wouldn’t it be better to spend a little more, maybe eat a  little less, and get real, wholesome food into your tummy?

Let me know what you think,

Cheers,

Lisa

About Lisa Johnson

Lisa Johnson here. I've been a personal trainer since 1997, a Pilates instructor since 1998 and the owner of Modern Pilates since 1999. I'm hoping to give you some good ideas to get or stay in shape with a healthy dose of humor and reality. Thanks for joining me.

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2 Responses to Where’s the Beef? What Qualifies As Food These Days

  1. Lindsay Dianne February 1, 2011 at 8:41 pm #

    *I should say the only thing that surprises me about these stories on mainstream media outlets today is the reaction of people who are still surprised. Ha, I guess I got ahead of myself.

  2. Lisa Johnson February 2, 2011 at 10:38 am #

    Thanks for stopping by Lindsay :-) have fun with the list!

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