Taco Bell answers question about beef recipe: “Other 12%”

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(KTVI) – The mystery behind Taco Bell meat might finally be solved. The fast food chain has released informati0n explaining what the “other 12%” really is. They say 88% premium beef is the main ingredient.

Taco Bell says all the ingredients are completely safe and approved by the FDA. The company also says the ingredients are “common” and “found in food items at your grocery store.”

Here are some of the added ingredients and what the company says they do:

Oats — “The very small percentage of oats is used to help our seasoned beef stay moist.”

Cellulose — “You’ll find it in everything from cheese and vitamins to bread and pasta.”

Artificial Flavor — “Added to enhance the taste.”

Soy Lecithin — “It helps (with moisture) to bind substances that would otherwise separate – like oil and water. It’s a common ingredient in many grocery staples, like chocolate bars and salad dressings.”

Torula Yeast – “This is a form of yeast that gives our seasoned beef a more savory taste.”

Sodium Phosphates — “Well, we use them to help make sure our seasoned beef is the right texture.”

Lactic Acid — “This safe acid occurs in almost all living things, and we use a very small amount to manage the acidity to get the right flavor.”

Trehalose — “It’s a naturally occurring sugar that we use to improve the taste of our seasoned beef.”

Potassium Chloride — “Well, potassium chloride is a common salt substitute used in the food industry. We actually used it to help reduce the amount of salt used in our seasoned beef recipe, which is part of our ongoing effort to reduce sodium levels in our ingredients while still delivering the same great taste you expect from us.”

Maltodextrin — “It sounds weird, but it’s actually a form of mildly sweet sugar we use to balance the flavor.”

Modified Corn Starch — “We use a small amount as a thickener and to maintain moisture in our seasoned beef. It’s common in many foods like yogurt.”

Citric Acid — “We use a small percentage in our overall recipe to add brighter flavor.”

Caramel Color and Cocoa Powder – “Caramel color is carmelized sugar, which is a commonly used food coloring (also found in cereals and pancake syrup). Cocoa Powder doesn’t add any flavor to our recipe, but it helps our seasoned beef maintain a rich color.”But caramel color is caramelized sugar, which is a commonly used food coloring (also found in cereals and pancake syrup). Cocoa Powder doesn’t add any flavor to our recipe, but it helps our seasoned beef maintain a rich colo

Read more here: Taco Bell Reveals the ‘Other 12%’ in Beef Ingredients

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