I was traveling the other weekend and had limited choices for food. I decided to stop at Wendy's for a burger. I remembered they've had these commercials where "you know it's real", so I thought I could get some real food there, right? I ordered a double hamburger and went on my way.
Later, I decided to check their website and see if I did get some real food. First, I checked the ingredients for the burger:
Hamburger Patty: Ground Beef. Seasoned with Salt.
Okay, so far so good. Next, I checked the bun:
Bun, Sandwich: Enriched Flour (wheat flour, malted barley flour, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, niacin, iron, folic acid), Water, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Vegetable Oil (contains one or more of the following: soybean, cottonseed, canola), Yeast, Salt, Wheat Gluten, Contains 2% or less of the following: Dough Conditioners (contains one or more of the following: sodium stearoyl lactylate, calcium stearoyl-2-lactylate, ascorbic acid, azodicarbonamide, mono and diglycerides, DATEM, enzymes), Yeast Nutrients (may contain one or more of the following: monocalcium phosphate, calcium sulfate, calcium carbonate, ammonium sulfate), Turmeric, Paprika, Annatto, Natural Flavor, Calcium Silicate, Calcium Propionate (preservative). CONTAINS: WHEAT.
Wow, that's a lot of ingredients for a simple hamburger bun. But did you notice the third ingredient in the list? High-fructose corn syrup. So they are basically putting sugar into their bun. I have read McDonald's puts sugar in their french fries, but it never occurred to me that restaurants would put sugar in a bun.
I would have to say that there's nothing real about this bun. I don't even know what half the ingredients are.
Next, I wanted to check some other fast food restaurants and see what they put in their food. Taco Bell seemed like it would be a good subject, so I checked their website. Here's what they put in their beef:
Seasoned Ground Beef:
Beef, Water, Seasoning [Isolated Oat Product, Salt, Chili Pepper, Onion Powder, Tomato Powder, Oats (Wheat), Soy Lecithin, Sugar, Spices, Maltodextrin, Soybean Oil (Anti-dusting Agent), Garlic Powder, Autolyzed Yeast Extract, Citric Acid, Caramel Color, Cocoa Powder (Processed With Alkali), Silicon Dioxide, Natural Flavors, Yeast, Modified Corn Starch, Natural Smoke Flavor],Salt, Sodium Phosphates. CONTAINS SOYBEAN, WHEAT
A lot more than just beef! They add the sugar right in with the beef. Their tortilla shell has sugar in it, too, but the list of ingredients is too long to post here.
Finally, I decided to check Subway. They market themselves as healthy fast food. Here's what's in their beef:
Roast beef, water, salt, dextrose, corn syrup, sodium phosphates, and spice extractive. Coated with: salt, dextrose, caramel color, pepper and garlic powder.
Dextrose, corn syrup, more dextrose – it's all added sugar. Some of their breads have sugar added as well.
Overall, this is just what America needs: more sugar!