Monday, May 26, 2008

I've Often Wondered...

When fast food places boast about 100% beef, that is as opposed to what, exactly? Is somebody out there cutting their ground beef with sawdust to make it last longer?

No, there isn't a "percent better than that," but there really shouldn't be any percents worse than that out there, either. There's good beef and bad beef, but we're all presuming that no matter where we go, we are at least getting beef. Shouldn't "100% beef" be less a selling point and more a bare minimum starting point we should be able to take for granted? Kind of like "We won't stab you at the register when you order" or "100% strychnine-free"? I wasn't nervous about the percentage until you brought it up, guys.



matt said...

Note that they don't make the same claim regarding their Chicken McNuggets, which, according to the McDonald's website, consist of:

White boneless chicken, water, food starch-modified, salt, chicken flavor [!] (autolyzed yeast extract, salt, wheat starch, natural flavoring (botanical source), safflower oil, dextrose, citric acid, rosemary), sodium phosphates, seasoning (canola oil, mono- and diglycerides, extractives of rosemary).

Breaded with an even longer string of whatnot.

matt said...

Perhaps a more apt comparison would be the "grilled chicken breast filet":

Chicken breast filets with rib meat, water, seasoning (salt, sugar, food starch-modified, maltodextrin, spices, dextrose, autolyzed yeast extract, hydrolyzed [corn gluten, soy, wheat gluten] proteins, garlic powder, paprika, chicken fat, chicken broth, natural flavors (plant and animal source), caramel color, polysorbate 80, xanthan gum, onion powder, extractives of paprika), modified potato starch, and sodium phosphates.

Anonymous said...

Diddy Reese used to (and may still) have a sign advertising their ""All beef" hot dogs."

I always wondered why "All beef" was in quotes, but I was never willing to buy a hot dog to find out.