Taco Bell tried to come clean about what’s really in their products. It raised even more questions… But this may be the most disturbing secret ingredient of all.

This Hidden Ingredient Makes Fast Food Even More Dangerous

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You know that eating fast food is one of the worst things you can do for your health… And we’re not even talking about the “pink slime” scandal. It’s not even because of the ammonium hydroxide they use to “wash” their beef products. There are plenty of dangers they don’t even try to hide from you. Just look at Taco Bell.

To start things off, their “beef” is only 88% meat. Call us crazy, but we prefer 100% beef… Not some meat and some “other stuff.” And when you take a closer look at that “other stuff,” things get even shadier…

They use artificial black pepper flavoring… They even add GMO soy to help keep their beef from falling apart. But there’s one ingredient that really got our attention: Trehalose.

According to their site, it’s a “naturally occurring sugar” they use to “improve the taste” of their seasoned beef.1 The fact they’re adding sugar to something like beef is enough of a red flag on its own. But then we did some digging…

It turns out they use this stuff in Japan to sweeten foods. One of the first uses of trehalose was in surimi. It’s a fish paste that can be flavored and colored to resemble lobster or crab. The problem is it was too sweet for the Japanese market.2 That got us wanting to find out what it’s actually made of.

Trehalose is a sugar made from GMO corn. That’s dangerous for weight gain… But the proprietary process—if it’s like corn syrup—likely involves gasoline and hexane just to make it. Not exactly something you want to be eating.

Like high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS), trehalose is recognized as “safe” by the FDA. This means it’s not subject to the same requirements as other food additives.3 It may not be long before it ends up in other foods you wouldn’t expect. But what’s really scary about it is that its main purpose is to hold fake food together.

It keeps Taco Bell “meat” from deteriorating. They say it also seals in moisture and improves texture… In other words, it cuts their costs by making it last longer. Perhaps most disturbing of all? You’ll also find trehalose in fabric deodorizers, medical solutions, and moisturizers. It’s not something that should be in your food.

This is just another example of hidden—and dangerous—sugars lurking in processed foods. But unlike other sugars and artificial sweeteners, we don’t even know what trehalose can do to your health.

Remember, just because the FDA says it’s safe doesn’t mean it is. They’re the same people that think HFCS, aspartame, and monosodium glutamate (MSG) are good for you. But there’s an easy way to help cut your exposure—and take control of your health.

Our president, Angela Salerno, is conquering sugar. She’s giving it up for 30 full days. But that’s just the beginning.

Even products made with added sugars are off limits. She’s also cutting out artificial sweeteners. The challenge is underway… And you can follow her throughout the entire experience—even take part in it yourself—to see the impact kicking sugar and its imitators can have on your health.

Learn more about the Independent Healing 30-Day Sugar Free Challenge­—and how to take part—HERE.

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  1. The information in this article does not seem to agree with the information available with a little research. First of all, the sugar Trehalose is being sold as a healthy sugar substitute by some reputable websites, such as Swansondotcom. Second, the process used by the manufacturers, as described in many places is a natural process using enzymes to break down starch, similar to what happens during normal digestion. Lastly, Trehalose is a naturally occuring sugar, which occurs in many plants and animals, and was apparently first isolated from a substance produced by weevils in 1859. In nature it is a big part of what allows certain plants and animals to withstand drought and damage from freezing. I would suggest more research before condemning this product.
    Thank you,

  2. Regarding taco meat, if one goes to the grocery and looks at the taco spice packages, in particular Laury’s, Williams, and El Paso, they vary in volume from one to two ounces per pound of beef. Thus a pound of beef dressed with these products would consist of something like less than 89% to 94% beef, not terribly off of TB’s 88% (and not 100% beef, tacos made with such would be bland and unappetizing). And, of course, if you mix your own taco spices, the meat will still be less than 100% beef.

  3. I agree that the writer of this article should do some more homework on it. I dislike non-natural sugars and additives but, for what I know, “Trehalose” is not like your typical “artificial/manmade” sugar. Some say it may even help people beat brain fog and the like. So far much of the research has painted this sugar in a very good light. It could have risks (that we are at present unaware of) but…more than anything, I’d lay off the red meat/booze/cigarettes/junk food/snacks/sedentary lifestyle!

    1. I find that when I take Trehalose, my memory is better and my thinking is clearer. (I’m a teacher, and notice the difference.) I realize this is anecdotal evidence and more studies are needed. But I hope the author will take a look at more recent studies and update the references to Trehalose in this article in light of recent findings.

  4. I would encourage you to do further research and revise this article. Trehalose is actually a natural sugar, found in grapefruit juice and other foods. It has some remarkable properties, including promoting autophagy. Some studies have shown that it may even be able to dissolve amyloid plaques, helping to stave off Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Parents of autistic children have also noted that their children’s functionality appears improved when Trehalose is added to the diet.

    1. I would encourage YOU to do further research. That is, unless, you want Cdiff.

  5. Trehalose may be all these things – good and bad but I decided to look it up in order to avoid it due to a Los Angeles Times article describing the results of a research study that directly links it to the surge in dangerous resistant bacteria. Specifically, C. Difficile strains RT027 and RT078. Seems these deadly strains primarily feed off of Trehalose in particular, thus greatly increasing your susceptibility and risk of death. This is described in the journal Nature. The study was conducted by scientists at the Baylor College of Medicine. Seems to be an example of unintended consequences and reason enough for me to try to avoid it.

  6. There’s an article out today that the C-dif bacteria feeds on Trehalose. Glad I was able to find the above article and thank you, thank you to whomever wrote it. Keep ’em coming.

  7. And now trehalose is linked to the increase in C. difficle virulence (nasty and common among hospital-accquired infections).

  8. Ummm … it turns out you were right to be worried about Trehalose 3.5 years ago. Today as being widely reported in Nature magazine and picked up in the regular press, its being linked to outbreaks of gut disorders that are damaging and in some cases fatal. It may be a natural but its the unnatural concentrations that seem to be the problem. So sorry Sarah, Robert and V but turns out this was a smoking gun after all

  9. Ok people. The verdict is in. This stuff has caused the outbreak of deadly C diff infections. Two deadly bacteria have evolved to be able to digest it and then spread wildly in the intestines of medically compromised people. The increased incidence of deadly C diff coincides with the introduction of this bad product into the food supply, so scientists did some experiments with the deadliest strains. They love this stuff. Stay away from it.

  10. Trehalose has now been linked to potentially increasing lethality of C-Diff infections. Seems that this 2014 article was 3 years ahead of curve.

  11. Unintended consequences: researchers have found that trehalose may explain the rise in health problems caused by c. difficile bacteria in the gut. https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-017-08775-4

    Conclusion: avoid anything we don’t naturally eat, or is processed in an unnatural way (e.g. homogenisation of milk), or is present in food in much larger quantities than we would naturally be exposed to.

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