Is Wendy's Taco Salad, Full Size healthy?


By: Wendy's

32
CQ SCORE

660
CALORIES PER SERVING

57
INGREDIENTS

SALT

HIGH

SAT FAT

HIGH

SUGAR

LOW

FIBER

LOW

Macro Nutrient Breakdown

  • Carbs 37.7
  • Fat 43.1
  • Protein 19.2

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

+ Carbohydrate to Fiber Ratio Under 10:1 - 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?

11.5/35

SCORE BREAKDOWN

Fat Ratio: 43.1%
Fat Quality: 0.0 / 100.0
Carb Ratio: 37.7%
Carb Quality: 70.2 / 100.0
Protein Ratio: 19.2%
Protein Quality: 33.3 / 100.0
Refined Carb Ingredients - 6
Whole Carb Ingredients - 4

Micronutrient Score

Is this food nutritiously dense?

20.6/45.0

SCORE BREAKDOWN

Product Nutrient Density score: 9.7/10.0
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: - 4.6

Ingredient Score

Is this food minimally processed?

0.0/20

SCORE BREAKDOWN

22 Processed Ingredients
35 Other Ingredients
2 Sugar / Equivalent Ingredients

57

INGREDIENTS

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Cheese Culture

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Processed

DESCRIPTION

dairy

Salt

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Processed

DESCRIPTION

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

DESCRIPTION

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

Annatto Vegetable Color

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DESCRIPTION

To Prevent Caking

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DESCRIPTION

Natural Mold Inhibitor

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DESCRIPTION

Corn P RG

Corn

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Processed
Refined Grain

DESCRIPTION

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: Canola

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DESCRIPTION

Cottonseed

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DESCRIPTION

Soybean Or Sunflower Oil

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DESCRIPTION

Tomatoes

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Processed
Refined Grain

DESCRIPTION

Tomatoes description to be updated

Tomato Juice

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Processed
Refined Grain

DESCRIPTION

Tomato Juice description to be updated

Citric Acid

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Processed

DESCRIPTION

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

DESCRIPTION

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.

Roasted Tomatoes

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DESCRIPTION

Water

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DESCRIPTION

The human body requires between one and seven liters of water daily to prevent dehydration.

Tomato Paste

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DESCRIPTION

Tomato Paste description to be updated

Onion

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Whole Grain

DESCRIPTION

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

Distilled Vinegar

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DESCRIPTION

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.

Concentrated Lime Juice

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DESCRIPTION

Lime Oil

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Processed

DESCRIPTION

Lime Oil description to be updated

Sugar P RG S

Sugar

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Processed
Refined Grain
Added Sugar

DESCRIPTION

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.

Jalapeno Pepper

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DESCRIPTION

The Jalapeno is a medium-sized chili pepper pod type cultivar of the species Capsicum annuum. It is of mild to medium pungency, having a range of 1,000 to 20,000 Scoville units, depending on cultivar

Roasted Garlic

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DESCRIPTION

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

Dehydrated Garlic

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DESCRIPTION

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

Cilantro

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DESCRIPTION

coriander used as a seasoning or garnish:

Dehydrated Ancho Chili Pepper Seasoning

FUNCTIONS

DESCRIPTION

Spices

FUNCTIONS

DESCRIPTION

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

Natural Flavor

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Processed

DESCRIPTION

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.

Acetic Acid

FUNCTIONS

Processed

DESCRIPTION

the acid that gives vinegar its characteristic taste. The pure acid is a colourless viscous liquid or glassy solid.

Xanthan Gum

FUNCTIONS

Processed

DESCRIPTION

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.

Cultured Milk And Cream

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DESCRIPTION

Corn Starch

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Processed
Refined Grain

DESCRIPTION

Corn starch is refined (not whole grain) and is obtained from the endosperm of the kernel. Corn starch is a popular food ingredient used in processing.

Preservative

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DESCRIPTION

acting to preserve something:

Vitamin A Palmitate Added

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DESCRIPTION

Chili

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DESCRIPTION

Modified Cornstarch

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Processed

DESCRIPTION

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

Dried Chilies

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DESCRIPTION

Natural Flavors

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Processed

DESCRIPTION

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.

Dextrose P RG S

Dextrose

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Processed
Refined Grain
Added Sugar

DESCRIPTION

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

Yeast Extract

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Processed

DESCRIPTION

Yeast extract is commonly the name given to processed yeast products made through extraction and are used as a food additive to create savory flavors.

Silicon Dioxide

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Processed

DESCRIPTION

Used in beer and wine making to remove cloudiness during the production process. Used for anti-caking agent; thickener.

Disodium Inosinate

FUNCTIONS

Processed

DESCRIPTION

A flavor enhancer/intensifier that is often used in conjunction with MSG and sometimes disodium guanylate (the latter combination is known as disodium 5'-ribonucleotides). It is a purine - a naturally occurring precursor to DNA and RNA - and is almost always derived from animal origin. Unlike disodium guanylate, disodium inosinate is completely ineffective without MSG.

Disodium Guanylate

FUNCTIONS

Processed

DESCRIPTION

A flavor enhancer/intensifier often used in conjunction with MSG and sometimes disodium inosinate (the latter combination is known as disodium 5'-ribonucleotides). It is a purine - a naturally occurring precursor to DNA and RNA - and can be isolated from certain mushrooms, dried fish, and dried seaweed.

Onions

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Whole Grain

DESCRIPTION

Onions description to be updated

Celery

FUNCTIONS

Whole Grain

DESCRIPTION

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

Green Peppers

FUNCTIONS

Whole Grain

DESCRIPTION

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".

Ground Beef

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DESCRIPTION

Prepared Pink Beans

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DESCRIPTION

Prepared Kidney Beans

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DESCRIPTION

Soy Lecithin Chili Beef Is Cooked On The Same Grill As

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DESCRIPTION

May Come In Contact With

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DESCRIPTION

Ingredients That Contain Milk And Soy

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DESCRIPTION

Iceberg Lettuce

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DESCRIPTION

Romaine Lettuce

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DESCRIPTION

Pasteurized Milk

FUNCTIONS

DESCRIPTION

Pasteurized Milk description to be updated

Vegetable Color

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Processed

DESCRIPTION

Vegetable Color description to be updated

Nutrition Label
Amt per Serving Daily Value1

Calories

660Kcal

33%

Total Fat 32g 41%
Saturated Fat 13.0g 65%
Trans Fat 1.0g
Cholesterol 85mg 28%
Sodium 1820mg 121%
Total Carbohydrate 63g 22%
Dietary Fiber 10.0g 40%
Sugars 18g
Estimated Added Sugars 4g 13%
Protein 32g 64%
Vitamin A 1650mcg 110%
Vitamin C 18.0mg 30%
Calcium 500mg 50%
Iron 4.5mg 25%
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
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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%