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Taco Bell finally reveals the list of ingredients in its mystery meat

It's 88 percent beef, 12 percent other stuff


Lindsay Abrams
April 30, 2014 6:25PM (UTC)

It's a question that's haunted fast food eaters since 2011 when, in response to a lawsuit, Taco Bell revealed that its taco filling is made of 88 percent beef: What's the other 12 percent?

A newly launched section of the chain's website at long last provides the answer, and a bit anticlimactically, what before was only identified as a "Signature Recipe" turns out to contain no big surprises. In other words, the chain avoided implicating itself in the next major meat scandal.

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On the contrary, there's an argument to be made that Taco Bell's doing consumers a service by education them about the "unpronounceable" ingredients that, for better or worse, come standard in most processed foods, including typical grocery store fare. For example, its explanation for maltodextrin: "It sounds weird, but it's actually a form of mildly sweet sugar we use to balance the flavor." Soy lecithin, one of the most commonly used additives, gets similar treatment.

"There's nothing on this list I have a problem eating," Derek Lowe, a chemist and blogger with a Ph.D. from Duke University, told ABC News. So presuming you didn't already have a problem eating Taco Bell, there's probably no reason to reconsider now.


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