We love Taco Bell ...Does this change your opinion on eating here now?
1. MALTODEXTRIN "It sounds weird, but it's actually a form of mildly sweet sugar we use to balance the flavor. You may have had it the last time you had a natural soda," Taco Bell says.
2. TORULA YEAST "This is a form of yeast that gives our seasoned beef a more savory taste," the company says.
3. MODIFIED CORN STARCH "Actually, it's derived from corn, which is a food staple in Mexican culture as well as many others. We use a small amount as a thickener and to maintain moisture in our seasoned beef. It's common in many foods like yogurt," Taco Bell states.
4. SOY LECITHIN "When you prepare as much seasoned beef as we do, you don't want it to separate. That's what soy lecithin does. 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," says Taco Bell.
5. SODIUM PHOSPHATES Taco Bell says it uses this "to help make sure our seasoned beef is the right texture." "They're also commonly found in deli items, cheeses, coffee drinks and desserts," the company says.
6. LACTIC ACID Taco Bell says, "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."
7. CARAMEL COLOR AND COCOA POWDER Taco Bell says the 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 color."
8. TREHALOSE Taco Bell: "It's a naturally occurring sugar that we use to improve the taste of our seasoned beef."