FoodFacts.com follows along with the fast food world and reports on the nutrition facts and ingredient lists of all the new offerings. Those posts often tell you that we wouldn’t want to eat the item on which we’ve reported. We often cite specific ingredients that place those items on our avoid list.
Today though, we’re looking at the Burger King Halloween Whopper. We’re sure you’ve been hearing the stories connected to the burger. Without stating the very definite physical response that many people have had to this new creation, let’s just leave you with the idea that it appears to be particularly hard on the systems of those who consume it … leaving some colorful results in its aftermath and causing Burger King to note that the flavoring and food colorings used in the Halloween Whopper in the U.S. are common and within the safe and acceptable daily intake levels approved by the FDA. The problems appear to be linked to the black sesame seed bun.
Are you completely turned off yet? We are.
Let’s take a closer look at the Halloween Whopper and see if we can figure out the cause of its spooky and colorful after effects.
Creepy Nutrition Facts
Fat: 43 grams
Saturated Fat: 15 grams
Trans Fat: 1.5 grams
Sodium: 1530 mg
The Halloween Whopper is not a good food choice. Too many calories. Too much fat. Too much saturated fat. Trans fat. And far too much sodium.
Let’s see what’s going on in that black sesame seed bun:
“BLACK SESAME SEED BUN: Unbleached Enriched Flour (Wheat Flour, Malted Barley flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron. Thiamin Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Water, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Yeast, Contains 2% or less of each of the following: Wheat Gluten, Soybean Oil, Salt, Maltodextrin, Defatted Wheat Germ, Fructose, Refiners Syrup Powder, Glycerine, Monoglycerides, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Powdered Flaxseed, Brown Sugar, Corn Syrup, Gum Arabic, FD&C Red #40, Molasses Powder, Modified Corn Starch, FD&C Blue #1, Calcium Sulfate, Raisin Juice Concentrate, Spice, Worcerstershire Sauce (Vinegar, Molasses, Corn Syrup, Water, Salt, Caramel Color, Dried Garlic, Sugar, Spice, Tamarind, Natural Flavor), Natural Flavor, FD&C Yellow #6, Sugar, Orange Juice Concentrate, Sunflower Oil, Ascorbic Acid, Corn Syrup Solids, Garlic Powder, Caramel Color, Enzymes, Onion Powder, Tannic Acid, Agar, Citric Acid, Xanthan Gum, Calcium Propionate and Potassium Sorbate (to retard spoilage), Topped with Sesame Seeds. CONTAINS: WHEAT
The flavoring and food colorings used to color the HA.1.®LOWEEN WHOPPER® black bun in the US, are commonly used in the industry and within the safe and Acceptable Daily Intake (ADI) approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).”
It doesn’t take a lot of imagination to figure out that the food coloring included in this bun is creating the unusual physical effects linked to the Halloween Whopper.
But when the burger chain released the burger, a representative told ABC News that the black bun contains less than 1 percent food dye.
Dr. Robert Glatter, an emergency care physician at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, told FoxNews.com that many common synthetic dyes, including D&C Red #40 and FD&C Blue #1 “are generally not able to be broken down or absorbed by the body so they end up coming out …”
He said that burger lovers shouldn’t be alarmed and noted that the Food and Drug Administration considers these dyes safe for public consumption. Also, similar reactions occur when people eat natural foods like beets or consume of large amounts green vegetables.
O.k. it was nice to know that the side effects of eating this whopper aren’t going to hurt anyone. But, really, why would anyone want to eat this? And why would Burger King want to offer this? The Halloween Whopper has “NO” written all over it!