Update: Taco Bell says their meat is 88% beef.
In response to allegations made last week
, Taco Bell is running an ad campaign to 'set the record straight.' The ads are entitled 'Thanks for suing us,' and go into detail describing the Bell's not-so-secret formula:
"We start with USDA-inspected quality beef (88%). Then add water to keep it juicy and moist (3%). Mix in Mexican spices and flavors, including salt, chili pepper, onion powder, tomato powder, sugar, garlic powder, and cocoa powder (4%). Combine a little oats, caramelized sugar, yeast, citric acid, and other ingredients that contribute to the flavor, moisture, consistency, and quality of our seasoned beef (5%)."
It's good to know the beef percentage isn't likely to be as low as originally alleged; however, keep in mind that this is damage control. Taco Bell's fare is probably no worse than most fast food out there, but the important thing to remember is that it IS fast food. No one said it had to be healthy, just quick. If you REALLY want to know what's going into your food, learn to cook it yourself...or marry someone who will do it for you.
See the Taco Bell response ad here