Tuesday, January 13, 2004

I'd like a Chicken Whopper

...but hold the Disodium Guanylate & Disodium Inosinate. Here are the ingredients of Burger King's Chicken Whopper:

Boneless Chicken Breast Filets with Rib Meat, Water, Seasoning (Maltodextrin, Salt, Flavors†, Autolyzed Yeast Extract, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Modified Corn Starch, Spices, Chicken Fat, Chicken Powder, Chicken Broth, Disodium Guanylate & Disodium Inosinate, Citric Acid, Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Dehydrated Garlic, and Artificial Flavors), Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Modified Food Starch, Soy Protein Concentrate, Salt, Sodium Phosphates, Monosodium Glutamate. †Natural flavors from animal and plant sources Glazed with: Water, Seasoning (Maltodextrin, Salt, Methyl Cellulose, Autolyzed Yeast Extract, Modified Potato Starch, Flavors†, Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Onion Powder, Xanthan Gum, Modified Corn Starch, Spices, Dehydrated Garlic, Chicken Powder, Chicken Fat, Garlic Powder, Disodium Guanylate & Disodium Inosinate, Caramel Color, Sucrose, Grill Flavor (from Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil and Cottonseed Oil), Chicken Broth, Citric Acid, Turmeric, Annatto Extract, Smoke Flavor, Soy Lecithin, and Artificial Flavors), Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil & Cottonseed Oil. †Natural flavors from animal and plant sources. Contains Soy and Wheat.

Stone gives Burger King kudos for their "interesting, easy, and fantstic" Nutritional Fact Site, but I think maybe they're being a little too honest. Do you really want to see all 40 ingredients in your chicken breast? Wouldn't you just be better off thinking that there's one ingredient: chicken?

And if they list "garlic powder" and "onion powder," why do they also say that they've included "spices." What spices? Why list some but not others? Very odd.

Regardless, the next time you're fixin' to "Have it Your Way," you might want to reconsider.

(I'm sure "Whopper" and "Have it your way" are trademarked, don't sue me.)

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