My family and I travel a lot and there are times when a drive-thru is necessary especially late at night when those munchy cravings begin. In the past six months we have chosen Taco Bell on three different occasions to keep those belly rumblings to a minimum.
Now I realize there has been a ton of scandalous history with their ingredients including salmonella outbreaks that affected 10 states. Then there was the recall of taco shells that had been processed with a genetically-altered corn seed. I’m not sure about you, but contaminated genetically modified anything should be enough to completely shut down a food business. Have you taken a look at the ingredients that goes into their delicious foods? I must confess, I have not until recently. After checking out their bean burrito ingredients, I realized that in their burrito the TBHQ is a carcinogenic gas. It is an additive with a reputation. I suppose you want the real name which is one I cannot and refuse to try to pronounce, but here you go. Tertiary butylhydroquinone. Enjoy yourself on this one.
But this ingredient is also found in snack crackers, noodles fast and frozen foods but you will also find this same ingredient in paints and varnishes and some skin care products which raises my eyebrows. However, this blog isn’t about TBHQ or other additive ingredients, I just happened to think about it and decided to throw it in there and I will also make mention that this particular ingredient has landed on the DO NOT CONSUME list in a lot of diets.
There is another issue that Taco Bell needs to tackle. Usually, there are five or six of us in the same vehicle when going through the drive-thru. Each one orders their preference or whatever their tummies are craving. When ordering from the menu, the orders are combo’s and are suppose to come in a box or a bag of their own. Instead, Taco Bell employees puts everything unmarked in one big bag making it impossible to distribute among the family. We have to open each item and physically touch the food to open up a taco or something to make sure the special ordered item is going to the correct person such as someone who doesn’t want tomatoes. Three different times this has happened. I always get the same thing, two hard tacos and a chalupa. My food has been handled by someone sitting in the front seat trying to get the right food to each family member. This is a problem!
We have called corporate office three times complaining of the horrible service and inability to pack each order separately. Each time we have gone through the drive through, there was always food missing and its a battle trying to explain to the employees they left out orders. They make you feel like you’re dishonest trying to get more food. My family and I have made a vow to stop eating at Taco Bell or going through the drive-thru. We will make our own food and bypass the risk of their contaminants. Time to wake up to the reality of fast food dangers anyway and get back to healthy eating even when travelling. It may not be convenient, but it is the convenience that has made us sick….