The taco salad is a relatively new invention which is Mexican inspired, but, in my opinion, has nothing to do with the great cuisine of Mexico. How could we go so wrong?
Snack Girl's latest inspiration is a commercial for Bud Light - which features a taco salad. My pal Jason sent this over to me and I was just floored by how much I learned from it.
That's right, dear readers, I learned about the perversion that is a taco salad from Anheuser-Busch. Thank you, beer marketing people!
Here is the ad (which should make you smile):
My favorite line is, "I don't see no lettuce".
So, I went to Taco Bell to try a taco salad (photographed above) and while it wasn't 12,000 calories it was quite a few more than a salad should include.
Here are the nutrition facts for the Fiesta Taco Salad:
730 calories, 35 g fat, 70 g carbohydrates, 34 g protein, 9 g fiber, 1270 mg sodium, 19 Points+
A Quarter Pounder WITH cheese comes in at 680 calories. Wow, that did take a genius to manage to get something called a SALAD to have 35 grams of fat.
It is not fair to pick just on Taco Bell (though it is fun!). I saw a salad in Trader Joe's with a whopping 1200 calories in in it. Ahem, when you add cheese, ham, turkey, bacon, and blue cheese to a salad - you get a few extra calories (like 1000).
I am not the first person to admit that I have justified an extra cookie, brownie, or scoop of ice cream because all I ate for lunch was a SALAD. The term "salad" makes us think we are having something relatively healthy.
But, when you wrap small shreds of iceberg lettuce in a massive tortilla chip - you are losing the healthiness. Gone. phooey.
It tasted like a fatty, salt-filled bomb instead of a fresh, light, crispy, energizer that a REAL salad can be.
My advice is to wake up to the reality of food marketing. Those guys at Taco Bell (and Trader Joe's) just want to sell you more food. They don't care about your waistline or your risk for diabetes or heart disease. All they care about is profits and losses.
When you buy a pre-packaged salad, which SHOULD be a healthy choice, read the label and make sure you aren't being sold a "wolf in sheep's clothing".
Like an apple wrapped in caramel, or a potato that is deep fried, you can turn a healthy food into a unhealthy one.
Have you met some unhealthy salads?
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