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Taco Bell tries to heat things up again with Daredevil Loaded Grillers

pdp-DareDevil-Ghost-Pepper2Taco Bell’s newest introduction, Daredevil Loaded Grillers are certainly loaded. The website describes these “creations” as follows: “The Mild Chipotle Dare Devil Loaded Griller starts with a warm flour tortilla and is filled with seasoned beef, nacho cheese, crispy red strips and our mild chipotle sauce then wrapped up and grilled to perfection.”
FoodFacts.com sometimes feels like fast food chains use code words that can translate into bad ingredients and nutrition facts. The same way you can safely assume that the word “cozy” in a rental apartment ad means “way too small,” things like “crispy red strips” and “mild chipotle sauce” stand for any number of controversial ingredients. Let’s find out what’s really in this one.

Nutrition Facts:
Calories:                     420
Fat:                              22 grams
Saturated Fat:           5 grams
Sodium:                     940 mg

That’s pretty typical for fast food fare. The numbers aren’t good and the food isn’t good for you. Now let’s take a look at the ingredient list:

Flour Tortilla: Enriched wheat flour, water, vegetable shortening (soybean, hydrogenated soybean and/or cottonseed oil), sugar, salt, leavening (baking soda, sodium acid pyrophophate), molasses, dough conditioner (fumaric acid, distilled monoglycerides, enzymes, wheat starch, calcium carbonate), calcium propionate, sorbic acid, and/or potassium sorbate (P). Contains: Wheat, Seasoned Beef: Beef, water, seasoning [cellulose, chili pepper, onion powder, salt, oats (contains wheat), maltodextrin, soy lecithin, tomato powder, sugar, soybean oil, spices, garlic powder, citric acid, caramel color (C), disodium inosinate & guanylate, cocoa powder, natural and artificial flavors (contains gluten), trehalose, modified corn starch, lactic acid, torula yeast], salt, phosphates. Contains: Soy, Wheat, Nacho Cheese Sauce: Nonfat milk, cheese whey, water, vegetable oil (canola and soybean oil), food starch, maltodextrin, natural flavors, sea salt, contains 1% or less of jalapeno puree, vinegar, lactic acid, potassium citrate, potassium phosphate, sodium stearoyl lactylate, citric acid, cellulose gum, annatto (VC), yellow 6 (C). Contains: Milk,Creamy Chipotle Sauce: Soybean oil, water, egg yolk, vinegar, sour cream, chipotle peppers, contains 1% or less of chili peppers, garlic, onion powder, garlic powder, spice, sugar, salt, natural flavors (including smoke flavor), xanthan gum, canola and sesame oil, propylene glycol alginate, calcium disodium EDTA (PF), potassium sorbate and sodium benzoate (P). Contains: Egg, Milk, Red Strips: Ground corn masa, canola oil, carmine & yellow 6 (C).

There are at least a dozen items in this list that should have been left out altogether. We won’t be trying these, even on a dare.

http://www.tacobell.com/food/specialties/Dare-Devil-Loaded-Griller-Mild-Chipotle

In the world of fast food, bigger is better and spicy is trendy … meet Burger King’s new Extra Long Jalapeno Cheeseburger

Jelapeno_product-V2Big and spicy seem to be the name of the game in fast food these days. FoodFacts.com has been filling you in on everything ghost pepper and jalapeno for months now as fast food continues to “kick things up a notch.”

Burger King’s latest introduction is designed to do just that. And while we may not understand the “build” of the sandwich (the new Extra Long Jalapeno Cheeseburger places two beef patties side by side on a hoagie roll – sort of a burger sub) or the nutrition facts, or some of the ingredients, we are at least encouraged by the idea that there’s no spicy “ghost pepper sauce,” or any other element that suggests a barrage of controversial items hidden inside.

So here are the facts –

Nutrition Facts:
Calories:                                   590
Fat:                                            35 grams
Saturated Fat:                         13 grams
Sodium:                                   1190 mg

The nutrition facts are fairly typical for a fast food burger. They aren’t good. But you probably knew that before we took a look. Now let’s examine the ingredient list:

Ingredients:
SPECIALTY BUNS: Enriched wheat flour [flour, malted barley flour, reduced iron, niacin, thiamin mononitrate (Vitamin B1), riboflavin (vitamin B2), folic acid], water, high fructose corn syrup, sesame seeds, yeast, soybean oil, salt, wheat gluten, calcium sulfate, calcium propionate (preservative), flaxseeds, mono- and diglycerides, datem, citric acid, potassium iodate, soy lecithin. CONTAINS: WHEAT AND SOY, HAMBURGER PATTIES: 100% USDA inspected Ground Beef (Fire-Grilled), AMERICAN CHEESE (PASTEURIZED PROCESS): Cultured Milk, Water, Cream, Sodium Citrate, Salt, Sorbic Acid (Preservative), Sodium Phosphate, Artificial Color, Enzymes, Acetic Acid, Soy Lecithin. CONTAINS: MILK and SOY LECITHIN, MAYONNAISE: Soybean Oil, Eggs, Water, Distilled Vinegar, Contains 2% or Less of the Following: Egg Yolks, Salt, Sugar, Lemon Juice Concentrate, Natural Flavor, Calcium Disodium EDTA Added to Protect Flavor, Dehydrated Garlic, Dehydrated Onion, Paprika or Paprika Oleoresin. CONTAINS: EGG, Jalapenos, Iceberg Lettuce, Onions

There are items in this list that we obviously do not like. Honestly, though, for fast food this is a fairly clean option. It’s certainly not great. We try to avoid natural flavors, artificial color and Calcium Disodium EDTA. But in comparison to other fast food burgers (especially the ones relying on specialty sauces to spice things up), this is “less bad.”

We know that’s not saying much. We do try to be fair, though. How about we leave it at this: Burger King’s new Extra Long Jalapeno Cheeseburger is a better effort than some of the other spicy fast food options.

http://www.bk.com/menu-item/extra-long-jalape%C3%B1o-cheeseburger

Going where no breakfast sandwich has gone before … Dunkin’s Glazed Donut Breakfast Sandwich

1368630299433If you go to the Dunkin website and look this one up, the Glazed Donut Breakfast Sandwich is promoted with the tagline, “Going Where No Breakfast Has Gone.” If you’re FoodFacts.com, a line like that can be pretty scary as it can imply any number of things that essentially translate to “stay far, far away.”

To be honest, making a sandwich out of a glazed donut strikes us as a messy, sticky meal and does not push any of our happiness buttons. We understand that there may be others that aren’t left with that immediate impression. So if you’re one of the folks out there who’s wondering whether or not to indulge, let’s explore more about the Glazed Donut Breakfast Sandwich.

Nutrition Facts:
Calories:                360
Fat:                         20 grams
Saturated Fat:      8 grams
Sugar:                    13 grams

Honestly, considering the idea that the sandwich is a glazed donut WITH eggs AND bacon, the nutrition facts are fairly reasonable. They aren’t great, but honestly we expected to see worse.

What about the ingredients?

INGREDIENTS: Glazed Donut: Donut [Enriched Unbleached Wheat Flour (Wheat Flour, Malted Barley Flour, Niacin, Iron as Ferrous Sulfate, Thiamin Mononitrate, Enzyme, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Palm Oil, Water, Dextrose, Soybean Oil, Whey (a milk derivative), Skim Milk, Yeast, Contains less than 2% of the following: Salt, Leavening (Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate, Baking Soda), Defatted Soy Flour, Wheat Starch, Mono and Diglycerides, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Cellulose Gum, Soy Lecithin, Guar Gum, Xanthan Gum, Artificial Flavor, Sodium Caseinate (a milk derivative), Enzyme, Colored with (Turmeric and Annatto Extracts and Beta Carotene), Eggs], Glaze [Sugar, Water, Maltodextrin, Contains 2% or less of: Mono and Diglycerides, Agar, Cellulose Gum, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate (Preservative), Artificial Flavor]; Fried Egg: Egg Whites, Water, Egg Yolks, Modified Corn Starch, Natural Sautee Flavor (Soybean Oil, Medium Chain Triglycerides, Natural Flavor), Salt, Artificial Butter Flavor (Propylene Glycol, Artificial Flavor), Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid, Coarse Ground Black Pepper; Bacon: Pork, cured with: Water, Sugar, Salt, Sodium Phosphate, Smoke Flavoring, Sodium Erythorbate, Sodium Nitrite.

There are far too many controversial ingredients in here – a few of which really stand out from the pack. Things like Natural Sautee Flavor, Artificial Butter Flavor and Smoke Flavoring are terrible additions to this ingredient list.

So in addition to the major possibility that the sandwich itself is messy and sticky, the contents in the sandwich in our opinion are messy and stick. We wouldn’t have indulged before we knew what was really in here. We’re certainly not going near it now.

http://www.dunkindonuts.com/dunkindonuts/en/menu/food/sandwiches/breakfastsandwiches/Glazed_donut_breakfast_sandwich.html

Taco Bell’s new Smothered Burrito with Shredded Chicken – it really is too much

pdp-smothered-burrito-chickenIf you’ve heard about the new Smothered Burrito with Shredded Chicken from Taco Bell and you’re considering giving it a go, FoodFacts.com would like to suggest that you wander over to the Taco Bell website and do a little research before you indulge.

What you’ll find is an image of the burrito that honestly looks just a bit over the top. One look at that image and you have to know that the nutrition facts and the ingredient list won’t be good because the product itself is really just too much … of everything. Here’s the Taco Bell description, “Our Smothered Burrito is filled with shredded chicken, premium Latin rice, hearty beans, and creamy chipotle sauce. Then it’s smothered with red sauce, loads of melted cheeses and topped with reduced-fat sour cream. Also available with seasoned beef or marinated premium thick-cut steak.”

Here are the nutrition facts:

Calories:                         640
Fat:                                  27 grams
Saturated Fat:               9 grams
Sodium:                         2,220 mg

Just imagine what the seasoned beef and steak versions look like! The sodium content in the Smothered Burrito with Shredded Chicken is waaay too high and the calories are pushing it for a menu item featuring chicken. Why bother? Taco Bell has lost the appeal of featuring chicken in a product when the nutritional benefits are completely buried by everything else going on.
And here’s the everything else that’s going on in the Smothered Burrito with Shredded Chicken:

Ingredients:
Red Sauce: Water, seasoning (modified cornstarch, maltodextrin, paprika (VC), salt, tomato powder, onion powder, spices, garlic powder, natural flavors (contains gluten), xanthan gum, malic acid, caramel color (C), ascorbic acid, citric acid, trehalose)., Shredded Chicken: Chicken breast, water, seasoning (salt, natural flavor, tomato powder, modified potato starch, garlic powder, dextrose, paprika (VC), onion powder, spices, maltodextrin, citric acid, safflower oil, disodium inosinate & guanylate, vinegar, sugar, soy lecithin), canola oil, rosemary extract (P). Contains: Soy, Flour Tortilla: Enriched wheat flour, water, vegetable shortening (soybean, hydrogenated soybean and/or cottonseed oil), sugar, salt, leavening (baking soda, sodium acid pyrophophate), molasses, dough conditioner (fumaric acid, distilled monoglycerides, enzymes, wheat starch, calcium carbonate), calcium propionate, sorbic acid, and/or potassium sorbate (P). Contains: Wheat, Refried Beans: Pinto beans, soybean oil, seasoning (salt, sugar, spice, beet powder (VC), natural flavors, sunflower oil, maltodextrin, corn flour, trehalose, modified cornstarch).,Premium Latin Rice: Enriched long grain rice, seasoning (salt, natural flavor, sugar, maltodextrin, dried parsley, onion powder, garlic powder, dried cilantro, disodium inosinate & guanylate)., Three Cheese Blend: Part skim mozzerella cheese, cheddar cheese, Monterey pepper jack cheese (cultured pasteurized milk, salt, enzymes, water, cream, sodium citrate, jalapeno peppers, salt, sodium phosphate, lactic acid, sorbic Acid (P)), anti-caking agent. Contains: Milk, Reduced-Fat Sour Cream: Milk, cream, modified corn starch, contains less than 1% of modified tapioca starch, maltodextrin, gelatin, lactic acid, sodium phosphate, citric acid, potassium sorbate (P), natural and artificial flavor, mono and diglycerides, locust bean gum, carrageenan, vitamin A. Contains: Milk, Creamy Chipotle Sauce: Soybean oil, water, egg yolk, vinegar, sour cream, chipotle peppers, contains 1% or less of chili peppers, garlic, onion powder, garlic powder, spice, sugar, salt, natural flavors (including smoke flavor), xanthan gum, canola and sesame oil, propylene glycol alginate, calcium disodium EDTA (PF), potassium sorbate and sodium benzoate (P). Contains: Egg, Milk

How’s that for a too-long ingredient list? Double-digit controversial ingredients. And honestly, even some of the ingredients that aren’t considered controversial are somewhat disturbing. Tomato powder, anyone?

We don’t think anyone should ever be this hungry. Sorry, Taco Bell.

http://www.tacobell.com/food/menuitem/Smothered-Burrito

Wendy’s Blackberry Lemonade … not the best way to beat the heat

THE WENDY'S COMPANYFoodFacts.com has noticed a trend in fast food lately. Chains seem to be introducing beverages outside of the soda category in an effort to listen to their consumers who are moving away from sodas in their beverage choices. We do like the trend, but some of the beverages have proven fairly questionable.

Today we’re taking a look at Wendy’s Blackberry Lemonade. In the heat of the summer this certainly sounds like a great choice with summery blackberries and old fashioned lemonade combining to quench our thirst. We feel like we have to investigate before we indulge though. So here’s the inside information.

Nutrition Facts:
Calories:              390
Fat:                       0 grams
Sugar:                  93 grams

Wow. If we order the medium sized Blackberry Lemonade (depicted in these nutrition facts), we’ll be consuming over 23 TEASPOONS OF SUGAR!!!! We really don’t like this at all and we can’t think of anyone that would.

Ingredients:
Lemonade (sugar, water, lemon juice, lemon pulp, lemon juice concentrate, natural flavor), Blackberry Syrup (sugar, water, strawberries, blackberry puree, corn syrup, ginger, modified cornstarch, blackberry juice concentrate, natural flavor, raspberries, citric acid, potassium sorbate and sodium benzoate [preservatives]).

We’re not particularly fond of the ingredient list either. Come on Wendy’s, why do we need natural flavors when the lemonade contains actual lemon juice and lemon pulp and the blackberry syrup contains real fruit? Why can’t that be flavorful enough? And we don’t understand the need for the sodium benzoate either.

Sorry Wendy’s, the new Blackberry Lemonade did not make our list of summer thirst quenchers. We would appreciate the opportunity to report on just one of these non-soda fast food beverages in a positive way. It appears, though, that we’ll have to keep waiting for that opportunity. This one is certainly not it.

https://www.wendys.com/en-us/nutrition-info

A trend taken too far … the Burger King Red Velvet Oreo Shake

sweetsEvery few years tremendous amounts of attention turn to something that’s existed under the radar for quite a while. This happens in the world of food all the time. And for the past few years all eyes have turned to red velvet cake. With its roots in southern cooking, red velvet cake isn’t a new culinary discovery. It’s been around since World War II. New York’s famous hotel, the Waldorf-Astoria, claims to have originated the recipe while those from the south will tell you that’s not true and that recipe has been in their family forever. It’s a great cake, moist and uniquely flavorful. But it was never “a thing.”

It is now though. Red Velvet is one of those trends that really caught on and won’t die. There’s red velvet everything, everywhere. We’ve even got Red Velvet Oreos.

And now Burger King has introduced the Red Velvet Oreo Shake.

FoodFacts.com isn’t very excited about this latest introduction. We’re used to the idea that whenever we find the word “red” in a fast food menu item name, we’re going to find artificial colors in the ingredient list. And if they’re using artificial colors in a recipe, we’re pretty positive that the rest of the list will be tainted by a large number of controversial ingredients. It’s almost as though they figure the artificial coloring is already in there, why bother caring about the quality of the remainder of the ingredients. We thought we’d investigate to see if our theory holds up.

Nutrition Facts (16 ou. size)
Calories:                         630
Fat:                                 17 grams
Saturated Fat:              10 grams
Sugar:                            90 grams

We will acknowledge that the shake is listed as a “Sweet” on the website, inferring that you should order this to enjoy as a dessert after your meal. So, for instance, after you’ve eaten a Whopper with fries which cost you about 1,000 calories and 60 grams of fat, you should add an extra 630 calories and 17 grams of fat because you just love red velvet everything. And let’s not forget the almost 23 TEASPOONS OF SUGAR in a 16 oz. serving!!!!!! WOW.

Let’s see how Burger King built the Red Velvet Oreo Shake:

SOFT SERVE/SHAKE MIX: Milk fat and Nonfat Milk, Sugar, Sweet Whey, Corn Syrup, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Propylene Glycol Monoesters, Natural and Artificial Vanilla Flavor, Mono & Diglycerides, Guar Gum, Disodium Phosphate, Sodium Citrate, Cellulose Gum, Carrageenan. CONTAINS: MILK, RED VELVET SHAKE SYRUP: Sugar, Water, Cocoa Processed with Alkali, Contains 2% or less of: natural flavors, artificial color (Red 40), Potassium Sorbate (preservative), Salt, Xanthan Gum, Lactic Acid.

There’s nothing good about this ingredient list. We start off with the shake mix that contains all sorts of things we try very hard to stay away from. Then they add the Red Velvet Shake Syrup which contains more ingredients we try very hard to stay away from. Put it all together and you’ve got a pretty big mess (which, by the way, doesn’t have a thing to do with Oreos at all.)

Next time we’re craving red velvet, we’re getting ready to bake a cake (from a recipe that doesn’t include artificial food coloring) and spending the time required to prepare it ourselves. We’re out on this one. Thanks anyway.

http://www.bk.com/menu-item/red-velvet-oreo-shake

More bacon … this time from Taco Bell with the Bacon Club Chalupa

pdp-Bacon-Club-Chalupa-2015Did you know that a chalupa is described as a tostada platter? It is a Mexican specialty of south-central Mexico, including the states of Puebla,Guerrero and Oaxaca. Chalupas nad is made by pressing a thin layer of masa dough around the outside of a small mold, in the process creating a concave container resembling the boat of the same name, and then deep frying the result to produce crisp, shallow corn cups.

If you’re a Taco Bell fan, odds are you didn’t know that because the Taco Bell Chalupa doesn’t remotely resemble that description. And their Bacon Club Chalupa doesn’t resemble anything remotely Mexican.

Welcome the Bacon Club Chalupa back to the menu. Bacon. Again. We’ve been reporting on waaaay too many fast food items featuring bacon. We’re guessing this is supposed to be like a Mexican club sandwich.

FoodFacts.com looked a little further into it and discovered the following significant information:

Nutrition Facts:
Calories:                  470
Fat:                           29 grams
Saturated Fat:        6 grams
Sodium :                 870 mg

Fat and salt are abundant here. While good old American club sandwiches sound like fresh, healthy meal choices when you’re sitting in a diner, they most often contain the same abundance of fat and salt. Mimicking them in a Mexican reincarnation certainly doesn’t do anyone any favors.
Here’s what it takes to make a Bacon Club Chalupa:

Chalupa Shell: Enriched wheat flour, malted barley flour, water, soybean oil, yeast, sugar, vital wheat gluten, contains 1% or less of, salt, corn syrup solids, oat fiber, dough conditioners (sodium stearoyl lactylate, mono and di-glycerides), baking powder, soy protein isolate, enzymes, calcium propionate (P). Prepared in canola oil. Contains: Wheat, Soy, Fire Grilled Chicken: Chicken, water, seasoning (maltodextrin, dried garlic, salt, spices, natural flavor, carrageenan, dried onion, disodium inosinate & guanylate, citric acid, caramel color (C), garlic powder, onion powder), modified food starch, sodium phosphates, salt., Tomatoes: Fresh tomatoes., Avocado Ranch Sauce: Soybean oil, buttermilk, water, avocado, vinegar, enzyme modified egg yolk, garlic juice, sugar, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, spices, natural flavor, lactic acid, lemon and lime juice concentrate, disodium inosinate, potassium sorbate and sodium benzoate (P), propylene glycol alginate, xanthan gum, calcium disodium EDTA (PF), blue 1 (C). Contains: Milk, Eggs, Bacon: Bacon cured with water, salt, sugar, sodium phosphates, sodium erythorbate, flavor (including smoke flavor), sodum nitrite (P)., Iceberg Lettuce: Fresh iceberg lettuce, Three Cheese Blend: Part skim mozzerella cheese, cheddar cheese, Monterey pepper jack cheeese (cultured pasteurized milk, salt, enzymes, water, cream, sodium citrate, jalapeno peppers, salt, sodium phosphate, lactic acid, sorbic Acid (P)), anti-caking agent. Contains: Milk

With far too many controversial ingredients, this option from Taco Bell isn’t the best idea for anyone. We’d really love to see Taco Bell rethink their some of their product introductions. Perhaps if they concentrated more on better ingredients and staying true to their original theme, we’d find better options here. This just isn’t appealing. Sorry, Taco Bell.

http://www.tacobell.com/food/menuitem/Bacon-Club-Chalupa

How about some Baconater Fries to go with that Baconater?

Wendy's_logo_2012.svgWho knows, maybe someday Wendy’s will find a way to offer a Baconater Coke. Or maybe a Baconater Frosty.

Seriously, Wendy’s is doubling down on the bacon with the introduction of Baconater Fries. This can’t be good folks. It doesn’t take the FoodFacts.com database to figure that out. All we need to do is read the name and we can make certain assumptions. Too much fat. Too much salt. Nasty ingredients. Let’s see if we’re right.

Nutrition Facts:
Calories:                          490
Fat:                                   28 grams
Saturated Fat:                9 grams
Sodium:                          550 mg

These fries pack on the calories, fat and sodium. And they’re simply a meal component, not a meal by themselves. Based on that idea alone, these fries are a bad idea.

So what’s inside these French fries slathered in cheese sauce and bacon?

Cheddar Cheese Sauce: Water, Cheddar Cheese (pasteurized milk, cheese culture, salt, enzymes), Milk, Cream Cheese Spread (pasteurized milk and cream, cheese culture, salt, carob bean gum), Modified Cornstarch, Non Fat Dry Milk, Soybean Oil, Palm Oil, Whey, Sodium Phosphate, Cream, Cheese Culture, Milk Fat, Parmesan Cheese (pasteurized part-skim milk, cheese cultures, salt, enzyme), Butter, Salt And Sea Salt, Sodium Alginate, Carob Bean Gum, Mono & Diglycerides, Annatto And Apocarotenal (for color), Lactic Acid. CONTAINS: MILK. Natural-Cut Fries: Potatoes, Vegetable Oil (contains one or more of the following oils: canola, soybean, cottonseed, sunflower, corn), Dextrose, Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate (to maintain natural color). Cooked in Soybean Oil, Vegetable Oil (may contain one or more of the following: canola, corn, cottonseed), Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Natural Flavor, Citric Acid (preservative), Dimethylpolysiloxane (anti-foaming agent). Cooked in the same oil as menu items that contain Wheat, Egg, and Fish (where available). Seasoned with Sea Salt. Cheddar Cheese, Shredded: Cultured Pasteurized Milk, Salt, Enzymes, Annatto Color, Potato Starch and Powdered Cellulose (to prevent caking), Natamycin (natural mold inhibitor). CONTAINS: MILK. Applewood Smoked Bacon: Pork Cured With: Water, Salt, Sugar, Sodium Phosphates, Sodium Eryhthobate, Sodium Nitrite.

Not the recipe for french fries we like to see. That’s an awful lot of ingredients for one order of fries. Baconater French Fries aren’t a healthy choice. If you pair them up with a Baconater Burger, you’ve got quite a recipe for unhealthy effects happening. It’s definitely not something we’ll be eating.

https://www.wendys.com/en-us/nutrition-info

Cap’n Crunch Berries Delights at Taco Bell … Where do they come up with this stuff anyway?

pdp-capt-crunch-delightsThey really don’t look delightful to us here at FoodFacts.com. And for the life of us we really can’t imagine why anyone thought these limited edition snack bites were a good idea. The idea of a pastry filled with sweet milk icing and then rolled in crushed Cap’n Crunch Berries cereal seems to be a stretch for the fast food imagination. And not necessarily a welcome one, either.

Cap’n Crunch Berries Delights look to be a few inches in diameter each and come in packs of 2, 4 and 12. They’re also a really vibrant shade of red when you open them up. That never leaves us feeling particularly comfortable about eating something. Honestly, they look like overly sweet, highly processed small food disasters. Let’s take a look inside:

Nutrition Facts:
Calories:                                    330 (4 bites)
Fat:                                             22 grams
Saturated Fat:                          4.5 grams
Sugars:                                      14 grams

Ingredients: Dough and filling: Sugar, nonfat milk, margarine, evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk, enriched bleached wheat flour, water, vegetable shortening (palm and soybean oils), eggs, yeast, dough conditioners (mono- and diglycerides, sodium alginate, sodium stearoyl lactylate), natural flavors, salt, Red 40 (C), enzyme. Cereal Coating: Corn flour, sugar, oat flour, brown sugar, coconut oil, salt, sodium nitrate, natural and artificial flavor, strawberry juice concentrate, malic acid, reduced iron, niacinamide, zinc oxide, vitamin B2 (riboflavin), BHT (P), vitamin B6 (pyridoxine hydrochloride), vitamin B1 (thiamin mononitrate), folic acid, yellow 5 & 6 (C), Red 40 (C), Blue 1 (C). Contains: Wheat, Milk, Eggs, Soy

There’s really no good reason to eat these. They’re a too-bright, neon color for a reason. They serve no nutritional purpose. They don’t even appear to be an actual dessert. Just small balls of sugar and controversial ingredients.

While we honestly don’t understand the attraction here, if you’re ever in a Taco Bell and you feel yourself drawn to the Cap’n Crunch Berry Delights, we hope you’ll remember this blog post and stay far away!

http://www.tacobell.com/food/sides/Capn-Crunch-Delights

Are full-service restaurants healthier choices than fast food chains? Not really.

Spanish_Eating_Out_070615Here at FoodFacts.com we spend a lot of time talking about how unhealthy fast food restaurants are. We talk about calorie and fat levels. We’re continually shocked by the amount of sodium packed into one hamburger. And we always want to stay far away from ingredient lists that could possibly double as science experiments.

Many people assume that any food that isn’t fast food has to be better for you. We’ll admit that it’s a logical assumption. A full-service restaurant has an actual chef. The food doesn’t arrive already prepared and frozen. It’s prepared in a real kitchen, and it’s fresh. That has to make a difference, right? Read on.

When Americans go out to eat, either at a fast-food outlet or a full-service restaurant, they consume, on average, about 200 more calories a day than when they stay home for meals, a new study reports. They also take in more fat, saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium than those who prepare and eat their meals at home.

These are the findings of University of Illinois kinesiology and community health professor Ruopeng An, who analyzed eight years of nationally representative data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, which is conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics. An looked at 2003-10 data collected from 18,098 adults living in the U.S.

His analysis, reported in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, revealed that eating at a restaurant is comparable to — or in some cases less healthy than — eating at a fast-food outlet. While people who eat at restaurants tend to take in more healthy nutrients — including certain vitamins, potassium and omega-3 fatty acids — than those who eat at home or at a fast-food outlet, the restaurant diners also consume substantially more sodium and cholesterol — two nutrients that Americans generally eat in excess, even at home.

“People who ate at full-service restaurants consumed significantly more cholesterol per day than people who ate at home,” An said. “This extra intake of cholesterol, about 58 milligrams per day, accounts for 20 percent of the recommended upper bound of total cholesterol intake of 300 milligrams per day.”

Those who ate at fast-food outlets also took in extra cholesterol, but only about 10 milligrams more than those who ate at home.
Fast-food and restaurant diners consumed about 10 grams more total fat, and 3.49 grams and 2.46 grams, respectively, more saturated fat than those who dined at home.

“The American Heart Association recommends limiting the amount of saturated fats one eats to less than 5 to 6 percent of one’s total daily calories,” An said. “That means that if one needs about 2,000 calories a day, less than 120 calories, or 13 grams, should come from saturated fats.”

Eating at a fast-food outlet adds about 300 milligrams of sodium to one’s daily intake, and restaurant dining boosts sodium intake by 412 milligrams per day, on average, An said. Recommendations for sodium intake vary between 1,500 and 2,300 milligrams per day, but Americans already consume more than 3,100 milligrams of sodium at home, he found.

“The additional sodium is even more worrisome because the average daily sodium intake among Americans is already so far above the recommended upper limit, posing a significant public health concern, such as hypertension and heart disease,” he said.

“These findings reveal that eating at a full-service restaurant is not necessarily healthier than eating at a fast-food outlet,” An said. “In fact, you may be at higher risk of overeating in a full-service restaurant than when eating fast-food. My advice to those hoping to consume a healthy diet and not overeat is that it is healthier to prepare your own foods, and to avoid eating outside the home whenever possible.”

The conclusion emphasizes what FoodFacts.com has been saying for years. Fresh, whole foods prepared in your own home kitchen are the healthiest option for all of us. As we become busier and busier in a world that becomes increasingly more sophisticated and complicated, it is so important for us all to carve out time every day focusing on ourselves. We’ve already got the hang of that in some areas. Folks who go to the gym, for instance, do that pretty successfully. But we’ve got to commit to time to prepare meals, as well. We’ll all be better off for the effort.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/07/150701123350.htm