5 Fast Food Tacos With The Lowest Quality Ingredients

Tacos are a fast food staple and a meal enjoyed by many. So what you can do homemade tacos with ground turkey instead of beef, use fresh corn tortillas and avoid frying, Drive-thru tacos are another story. Of course, your order may look like what you make at home, but chances are that crispy beef taco that you order at a fast food restaurant is not as nutritious as what you prepare at home.

Here are the five fast food tacos with the lowest quality ingredients. Then, for more healthy fast food tips, check out 9 fast food breakfasts to avoid right now.

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It might not be your main destination for fast food tacos, but Jack in the Box Tacos are actually one of his most popular items. These tacos have a long list of ingredients that goes way beyond ground beef and some seasonings you can use at home, and one of the most curious (and concerning) ingredients is American cheese.

We may never know why they decided to top their taco with American cheese, but of all the cheese options available, American cheese is way down on the list when it comes to quality. American cheese is made from a mixture of cheeses, acidifying agents, and artificial colors, among other ingredients. It should be noted that American cheese is also lower in protein than other cheeses and contains significantly more sodium, a nutrient that can negatively impact arterial pressure and other health issues.

Nacho Cheese Doritos Locos Tacos Supreme
Courtesy of Taco Bell

Over the years, you’ve no doubt seen advertisements for the many tacos available at Taco Bell. One of their current options, the Nacho Cheese Doritos Locos Tacos Supremeis known more for its punch full of flavor than for its nutritional value.

The ingredient list is far too long to fully dissect here, but some of the ingredients that stand out are food coloring, vegetable oil, and monosodium glutamate (MSG), all of which are found in the taco shell alone. Food colors and dyes have certain about research attached to it, while vegetable oil is considered a poor quality oil due to its composition of inflammatory fats. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has classified MSG as “generally considered safe”, however, some people may have sensitivities to this ingredient which can cause symptoms like headaches, nausea, and racing heart.

Taco Bueno The Muchaco
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This taco is unique because Taco Bueno replaced the traditional crispy taco shell with pita bread. This swap also makes this taco option less ideal than some traditional crispy tacos. Made with a variety of low-quality oils, like vegetable, soybean, and corn oil, the fat gram composition in this taco is less than ideal.

Additionally, the ingredient list indicates that pita may contain TBHQ, a preservative linked to negative health effects. In fact, the Center for Science in the Public Interest recommend avoiding it, although this is only based on an animal study and there isn’t much evidence based on human studies.

Crunchy Gordita with Doritos cheese
Courtesy of Taco Bell

This bad boy has all the same worrisome taco shell ingredients found in Nacho Cheese Doritos Locos Tacos Supreme, plus the added ingredients in the Gordita Flatbread.

Soybean oil, sugar, and corn syrup solids are some of the notable ingredients, and it’s also worth noting that the ground beef mixture contains added sugar. While those combined grams of sugar aren’t anywhere near the sugar in, say, a soda, the various grams of savory dishes like this can add up quickly throughout the day.

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Taco John's Mini Fried Chicken Tacos
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It probably doesn’t come as much of a surprise with “fried” in the name, but the one thing this taco has it all, nutritionally speaking, is that it is small. Because frying is done at such high temperatures, typical frying oil, such as soy, does not contain as many healthy fats as other oils, such as olive and avocado. The soybean oil used at Taco Johns is better than traditional vegetable oil, but there are better options. The oil used to fry breaded chicken is a less desirable option than grilled chicken and even some ground and shredded beef options.

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