Is Wendy's Baja Salad (Half Size), No Additional Dressing healthy?


By: Wendy's

33
CQ SCORE

280
CALORIES PER SERVING

99
INGREDIENTS

SALT

HIGH

SAT FAT

HIGH

SUGAR

LOW

FIBER

HIGH

Macro Nutrient Breakdown

  • Carbs 25.7
  • Fat 51.4
  • Protein 22.9

+ Good Source of Fiber - the USDA cites fiber as underconsumed nutrient of public health concern

+ Carbohydrate to Fiber Ratio Under 5:1 - lower rate is an effective measure of healthfulness

- Highly Processed

- Contains Added Sugars- the American Heart Association recommends no more than 24g daily for women and 36g for men

! High Sodium - the average American consumes more than twice the American Heart Association daily recommended 1,500 mg

Macronutrient Score

Are the proteins, fats, and carbs in this food from the best sources?

17.4/35

SCORE BREAKDOWN

Fat Ratio: 51.4%
Fat Quality: 36.9 / 100.0
Carb Ratio: 25.7%
Carb Quality: 70.0 / 100.0
Protein Ratio: 22.9%
Protein Quality: 56.2 / 100.0
Refined Carb Ingredients - 8
Whole Carb Ingredients - 7

Micronutrient Score

Is this food nutritiously dense?

15.7/45.0

SCORE BREAKDOWN

Product Nutrient Density score: 5.1/10.0
Comparable Product: TACO BELL, Taco Salad
Comparable Product Nutrient Density score: 8.9/20.0
Plant score: 6.6/15.0
Sodium & Added Sugar Detractor: - 4.9

Ingredient Score

Is this food minimally processed?

0.0/20

SCORE BREAKDOWN

39 Processed Ingredients
60 Other Ingredients
4 Sugar / Equivalent Ingredients

99

INGREDIENTS

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Iceberg Lettuce

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Romaine Lettuce

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Red & Green Romaine

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Red & Green Oak

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Red & Green Leaf

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Lolla Rosa

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Tango

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Spinach

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Processed
Whole Grain

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Spinach is a leafy green vegetable rich in vitamin K, vitamin A, manganese, folate, magnesium, iron, copper, vitamin B6, vitamin B2, vitamin E, calcium, vitamin C, and potassium. In addition, spinach is antioxidant packed and contains a wide variety of other health-supportive nutrients that help strengthen bones and prevent cancers.

Mizuna Arugula

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Tatsoi

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Red Chard

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Green Chard

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Cultured Pasteurized Milk

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Processed

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Cultured Pasteurized Milk description to be updated

Salt

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Processed

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Common salt is a mineral composed primarily of sodium chloride. Salt is essential for animal life, and saltiness is one of the basic human tastes. In general, Americans should limit daily sodium consumption to 2,300 milligrams, but this is an upper safe limit, not a recommended daily allowance.

Enzymes

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Processed

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Enzymes accelerate, or catalyze, chemical reactions. Enzymes are commonly used in the production of food.

Artificial Color

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Processed

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Food coloring agent. There is some evidence to support claims that certain food coloring agents may cause food intolerance and ADHD-like behavior in some children.

To Prevent Caking

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Natural Milk Inhibitor

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Jalape?O Peppers

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Enzyme

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a substance produced by a living organism which acts as a catalyst to bring about a specific biochemical reaction.

Natural Mold Inhibitor

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Tomatoes

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Processed
Refined Grain

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Tomatoes description to be updated

Citric Acid

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Processed

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a sharp-tasting crystalline acid present in the juice of lemons and other sour fruits. It is made commercially by the fermentation of sugar and used as a flavouring and setting agent.

Calcium Chloride

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Processed

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Odorless powder which is the salt of calcium. Used as a firming agent and to flavor foods with a salty taste without increasing sodium levels.

Ground Beef

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Onions

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Whole Grain

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Onions description to be updated

Celery

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Whole Grain

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a cultivated plant of the parsley family, with closely packed succulent leaf stalks which are used as a salad or cooked vegetable.

Green Peppers

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Whole Grain

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Cultivars of the bell pepper plant produce fruits in different colors, including red, yellow, orange, green, chocolate/brown, vanilla/white, and purple. Bell peppers are sometimes grouped with less pungent pepper varieties as "sweet peppers".

Beans

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Sugar P RG S

Sugar

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Refined Grain
Added Sugar

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The generalized name for sweet, short-chains of soluble carbohydrates. The world produced about 168 million tonnes of sugar in 2011. The average person consumes about 24 kilograms (53 lb) of sugar each year (33.1 kg in industrialised countries), equivalent to over 260 food calories per person, per day. New FDA nutrition facts labels recommend no more than 50g of added sugars per day. Potential negative health effects of excess sugar consumption include addiction, Alzheimer's disease, changes in blood glucose levels, cardiovascular disease, hyperactivity, obesity, diabetes, and tooth decay.

Corn Syrup

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Processed
Refined Grain
Added Sugar

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Corn syrup is a food syrup which is made from the starch of maize. It is used in foods to soften texture, add volume, prevent crystallization of sugar, and enhance flavor. High-fructose corn syrup is manufactured from corn syrup by converting a large proportion of its glucose into fructose.

Natural Flavorings

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Onion Powder

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Onion powder is made from dehydrated onions. It has a noticeable flavor but is low in sodium and can be a good substitute for salt. Onion powder is a source of calcium, potassium, and magnesium.

Kidney Beans

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Whole Grain

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Kidney Beans description to be updated

Preservative

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acting to preserve something:

Modified Corn Starch

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Processed
Refined Grain

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Modified Food Starch is made by physically, enzymatically or chemically altering starch to change its inherent properties.

Chili Pepper

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The chili pepper is the fruit of plants from the genus Capsicum, members of the nightshade family, Solanaceae. Types of chili peppers differ widely in range of spiciness.

Spices

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Nutrient labels do not always break out spice mixtures because of trade secrets.

Dextrose P RG S

Dextrose

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Processed
Refined Grain
Added Sugar

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Dextrose is an added sugar made from corn regularly used by the food processing industry.

Garlic Powder

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Garlic powder is the powdered version of whole garlic and contains all the potential benefits of garlic including cholesterol reduction and immune support.

Disodium Inosinate & Guanylate

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Xanthan Gum

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Processed

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Produced by fermentation of a carbohydrate. Derived from a variety of sources including corn and wheat. Used to thicken and stabilize a variety of foods. Even in small amounts, can greatly increase viscosity of liquid.

Autolyzed Yeast Extract

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Processed

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Autolyzed yeast (containing the cell walls) or autolyzed yeast extract consists of concentrations of yeast cells that are allowed to die and break up, so that the yeasts’ endogenous digestive enzymes break their proteins down into simpler compounds (amino acids and peptides).

Soybean Oil

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Processed
Controversial

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Soybean oil is a vegetable oil extracted from the seeds of soybeans. The Omega 6 to Omega 3 ratio is ~7:1. Health concerns have been expressed around the carcinogen N‐Nitrosodi-n-butylamine found in soybean oil.

Caramel Color

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Processed
Controversial

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Caramel color or caramel coloring is a water-soluble food coloring and one of the most widely used food colorings. It is widely approved for use in food globally but application and use level restrictions vary by country. California has listed a compound formed in the manufacture of Class III and IV caramel colors in the state's Proposition 65, thus legally including it in the category of chemicals "known to the state to cause cancer or reproductive toxicity".

Extractives Of Paprika

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Paprika is a powdered spice with a deep orange-red colour and a mildly pungent flavour, made from the dried and ground fruits of certain varieties of pepper.

Malic Acid

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Processed

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a crystalline acid present in unripe apples and other fruits.

Red 40

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Processed
Controversial

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Allura Red AC, known as Red 40, is a red food dye derived from petroleum. Potential risks include hyperactivity and risk of cancer. Red 40 has previously been banned in some European countries.

Natural And Artificial Flavor

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The FDA requires the term artificial flavor or artificial flavoring be applied for any substance, the function of which is to impart flavor, which is not derived from a spice, fruit or fruit juice, vegetable or vegetable juice, edible yeast, herb, bark, bud, root, leaf or similar plant material, meat, fish, poultry, eggs, dairy products, or fermentation products thereof. Conversely, the term natural flavor or natural flavoring applies to any substance to impart flavor that is derived from a spice, fruit or fruit juice, vegetable or vegetable juice, edible yeast, herb, bark, bud, root, leaf or similar plant material, meat, fish, poultry, eggs, dairy products, or fermentation products thereof.

Anticaking Agent

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Distilled Vinegar

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Vinegar is a liquid consisting of about 5–20% acetic acid, water, and other trace chemicals, which may include flavorings. The acetic acid is produced by the fermentation of ethanol by acetic acid bacteria.

Including Dehydrated

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Lime Juice Concentrate

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Refined Grain

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Fruit juice concentrates are processed products that have removed natural water, fiber and phytonutrient content found in fruit. Concentrates are much more concentrated sources of simple sugar and are much less nutritiously dense than fruits.

Pulp Cells

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Lime Oil

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Lime Oil description to be updated

Lime Peel

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Lime Peel description to be updated

Concentrated Lime Juice

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Dehydrated

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Natural Flavors

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Processed

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The FDA requires the term natural flavor or natural flavoring be applied for any substance, the function of which is to impart flavor, which is derived from a spice, fruit or fruit juice, vegetable or vegetable juice, edible yeast, herb, bark, bud, root, leaf or similar plant material, meat, fish, poultry, eggs, dairy products, or fermentation products thereof.

Oleoresin Rosemary

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Cilantro

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coriander used as a seasoning or garnish:

Hass Avocado

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Tomato

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a glossy red, or occasionally yellow, pulpy edible fruit which is eaten as a vegetable or in salad.

White Vinegar

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Jalapeno

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Onion

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Whole Grain

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a swollen edible bulb used as a vegetable, having a pungent taste and smell and composed of several concentric layers:

Granulated Garlic

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Granulated Garlic description to be updated

Lime Juice Solids

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Processed
Refined Grain

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Fruit juice concentrates are processed products that have removed natural water, fiber and phytonutrient content found in fruit. Concentrates are much more concentrated sources of simple sugar and are much less nutritiously dense than fruits.

Natural Flavor

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Processed

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The FDA requires the term natural flavor or natural flavoring be applied for any substance, the function of which is to impart flavor, which is derived from a spice, fruit or fruit juice, vegetable or vegetable juice, edible yeast, herb, bark, bud, root, leaf or similar plant material, meat, fish, poultry, eggs, dairy products, or fermentation products thereof.

To Maintain Color

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Jalapeno Powder

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A processed powder derived from the jalapeno pepper.

Whole Corn

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Whole Grain

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Maize, also known as corn, is a large grain plant first domesticated by indigenous peoples in Mexico about 10,000 years ago. The six major types of corn are dent corn, flint corn, pod corn, popcorn, flour corn, and sweet corn.

Contains One Or More Of The Following: Corn

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Soybean

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a bean of the soya plant.

Sunflower Or Cottonseed Oil

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Sea Salt

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salt produced by the evaporation of seawater.

Corn Maltodextrin

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Maltodextrin is a high glycemic index processed food additive produced from starch by partial hydrolysis and is usually found as a white hygroscopic spray-dried powder. It is used in food manufacturing as an inexpensive thickener.

Buttermilk Powder

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dairy

Spice

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Nutrient labels do not always break out spice mixtures because of trade secrets.

Tomato Powder

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Tomato Powder is made from dehydrated tomatoes ground into powder.

Sweet Cream

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Milk

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Cow's milk consists primarily of protein, fat, and lactose (a sugar).

Cheese Cultures

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Cultures are used to ripen milk and help start the cheese making process.

Gum Arabic

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Processed

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a gum exuded by some kinds of acacia, used in the food industry and in glue and incense.

Vinegar Solids

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Processed

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A processed powder derived from vinegar typically in combination with maltodextrin or sodium diacetate.

Nonfat Milk Solids

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Rice Concentrate

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Processed
Refined Grain
Added Sugar

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Rice Concentrate description to be updated

Disodium Phosphate

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Processed

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Used as a sequestrant in evaporated milk products including packaged macaroni or noodles and is also used as an emulsifier in some cheese. It prevents cooked-out juices in many meat products and is a buffer to adjust acidity in chocolate and many other foods.

Soy Lecithin

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Lecithins are oily substances that occur naturally in plants (soybeans) and animals (egg yolks). It’s actually a very popular ingredient – one of the top 10 most used ingredients in processed foods. Since soybeans are one of the cheapest crops in the US (thanks in part to federal subsidies to growers), it makes sense to use a cheap, natural soy derived emulsifier in food processing. People concerned about GMOs and those who avoid refined oils should avoid Soy Lecithin.

Buttermilk

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Processed

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the slightly sour liquid left after butter has been churned, used in baking or consumed as a drink.

Cultured Milk And Cream

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Non Fat Dry Milk

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Non Fat Dry Milk description to be updated

Guar Gum

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Processed

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Guar gum is the ground endosperm of guar beans and is typically used as a thickener, a stabilizer, or to increase dough yield.

Locust Bean Gum

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Processed

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Locust bean gum, also known as carob gum, is a thickening agent and a gelling agent used in food technology.

Carrageenan

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Processed

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Derived from a red seaweed by heating and converting into a gel. Used to thicken and stabilize processed foods. Also used as an emulsifier in certain products.

Red Jalape?O Peppers

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Egg Yolk

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The chicken egg yolk is the major source of vitamins and minerals as well as cholesterol and saturated fat in eggs.

Garlic Juice

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a strong-smelling pungent-tasting bulb, used as a flavouring in cooking and in herbal medicine:

Onion Juice

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Nutrition Label
Amt per Serving Daily Value1

Calories

280Kcal

14%

Total Fat 16g 20%
Saturated Fat 7.0g 35%
Trans Fat 0.0g
Cholesterol 45mg 15%
Sodium 820mg 54%
Total Carbohydrate 18g 6%
Dietary Fiber 6.0g 24%
Sugars 6g
Estimated Added Sugars 2g 6%
Protein 16g 32%
Vitamin A 0mcg 0%
Vitamin C 0.2mg 0%
Calcium 0mg 0%
Iron 0.2mg 1%
1) Daily values adapted from new nutrition label that manufacturers must comply with by July 2018, found in the Food and Drug Administration�s Final Rule �Food Labeling: Revision of the Nutrition and Supplement Facts Labels,� pages 903�906 with the exception of added sugars and sodium based on American Heart Association recommendations
Source:
Micronutrient Profile of Comparable Product
Product: TACO BELL, Taco Salad - 533g - 906Kcal
Amt per Serving Daily Value1
Minerals
Magnesium 144mg 36%
Potassium 1221mg 17%
Phosphorus 549mg 55%
Zinc 6mg 41%
Copper N/A N/A
Selenium N/A N/A
Vitamins
Carotenebeta N/A
Carotenealpha N/A
VitaminE 3mg 19%
VitaminD N/A N/A
Lycopene N/A
Luteinzeaxanthin N/A
Thiamin 0.8mg 53%
Riboflavin 0.6mg 35%
Niacin 8mg 40%
VitaminB6 0.5mg 25%
Folate N/A N/A
VitaminB12 2mcg 35%
Choline N/A
VitaminK 57mcg 71%