The Food Babe previously disclosed the ingredients of Popeye’s Chicken Sandwich. This time around, she talks about her “past love” for Chick-fil-A, until she realized some of the ingredients that were put into it.
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About Vani Hari
The Food Babe is quite popular these days due to her investigative journalism into the ingredients that go inside most fast food products. The account is handled by Vani Hari- who is someone dedicated to living healthy. She has been growing in popularity with her blogs that talk about healthy dietary routines which are geared towards making someone fit. Some of her blogs also deal with processed foods and ingredients that are not well-known to the public. Her investigations have been pretty well-documented, and it would be quite a loss if the treasure trove of information never saw the light of day.
Chick-fil-A’s Ingredient List Has Several Addictive Properties
Back in College, and many would attest to it, she would be eating at the restaurant multiple times a week. She would be picking up a sandwich as she came back from the gym- and munched off them as post-workout snacks.
She used to believe that since a sandwich had just 400 calories- it would be healthy. But, this turned out to be far from truth. 7 years ago, she decided to investigate the ingredients that constitute the chicken sandwich at this fast-food joint. After she posted the ingredients on her Facebook page, the reactions she got were quite diverse. Some of her followers swore they could not live without it while others mentioned that they would not eat this. Even the Food Babe was quite disheartened by what Chick-fil-A used to put in their sandwiches. Considering how she used to munch on them, she had to take a firm step on never consuming them. After all, the effect it had on her mental and physical well-being was not worth it.
As it turns out, her journalism in the field of fast food ingredients caught the eyes of the authorities at the restaurant who decided to take a positive step. They called her to their headquarters in order to consult with her on how they could shift the ingredients around. The goal was to bring in healthier alternatives. Needless to say, she went armed with a plethora of ways that would improve their food. The hardest part of the discussion was convincing the authorities that customers would always go for a healthier option rather than the grease-filled product that Chick-fil-A served.
Taking heed of her solutions, Chick-fil-A did some groundbreaking work in implementing a No Antibiotics Ever policy for their delicious sandwich. They also ended up changing their TBHQ and their high fructose corn syrup. And finally, they decided to shift their artificial dyes from the sauce just a few years back. But- this isn’t enough, according to the Food Babe. As it turns out, the same dyes are still to be found in pickles that are present in almost every single sandwich. One can also find other wrecking additives in this food. Let’s take a look at the ingredients in their chicken sandwich.
Among them, here are the ones that are still worrying about their presence in the food:
In order to prepare the chicken, the restaurant uses skinless, boneless, chicken breast filet. Now, these pieces are not pasture-raised or organic. Rather, the chickens are raised up in huge barns where they get almost no sunlight. Then, comes MSG- the part of the ingredient that makes the sandwiches so addictive. MSG– for those who are wondering- is simply an excitotoxin, and a flavor-enhancer, that usually ends up exciting the brain cells to death. This also leads to an increase in food cravings.
The coating of the chicken in the Chick-fil-A sandwich also uses peanut oil that has been refined fully. This is, naturally, quite heavily processed, and is further treated with bleach and other deodorizing chemicals. The chemicals from the heat and the subsequent processing would create free radicals. These renegade molecules bring about damage to the cells in the body, as it would create a host of diseases from cancer to liver damage. Peanut oil is also considered to be extremely high in Omega-6 fatty acids, which can promote harmful inflammation in the human body.
Furthermore, the coating also has Sodium Alumunium Phosphate and Dimethylpolysiloxane. The former is an aluminum-containing additive that stabilizes the mixture. However, it is believed to be a cause of neurological problems. The second compound is usually found in silly putty and it serves to reduce the foaming of cooking oil. However, this compound as well is gradually getting phased out by the FDA.
Apart from these, there are several other potentially harmful but cost-effective ingredients present in the Chick-Fil-A sandwich. It includes food coloring, palm kernel oil, and more. Vani has a detailed explanation about all of them and more recipes on the Chick-Fil-A menu in her article.
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