Chick-fil-A, Thy name is Frankenfood

The latest ads for Chick-fil-A show people praising “The Little Things,” one of them being the “delicious flavor” of the grilled chicken club. In the commercial, they leave you with the impression that Chick-fil-A is wholesome, delicious, and nutritious.  And if you’re not eating it, you’re missing out.

So let’s take a look at the nutrition and see what exactly is making that sandwich taste so good.


There are over 100 ingredients in this sandwich. 

The grilled chicken is prepared with:

  • water
  • seasoning: apple cider vinegar, soybean oil, yeast extract, salt, modified corn starch, palm oil, dehydrated garlic, dehydrated onion, corn maltodextrin [additive], sea salt, natural flavor, sugar, chicken stock, cane molasses, chicken fat, spice, natural flavor {including smoke}, dextrose, lemon peel, citric acid, red bell pepper, orange juice concentrate, grape juice concentrate, natural flavor, paprika, vinegar, xanthan gum [emulsifier], ascorbic acid [preservative], and spices

The multigrain bun is prepared with:

  • enriched unbleached wheat flour: wheat flour, malted barley flour, niacin, iron, thiamin mononitrate (probably referring to thiamine mononitrate), riboflavin, folic acid
  • water
  • whole wheat flour
  • sugar
  • yeast
  • wheat gluten
  • sugar cane syrup
  • soybean oil
  • salt
  • rye flour
  • dough conditioners: contains one or more of the following: sodium stearoyl lactylate, calcium stearoyl lactylate, mono and diglycerides, distilled monoglycerides, calcium peroxide, calcium iodate, DATEM, ethoxylated mono and diglycerides, enzymes, ascorbic acid
  • rolled oats
  • wheat bran
  • triticale flakes
  • flaxseed meal
  • honey
  • flaked barely
  • calcium propionate [preservative]
  • whole spelt flour
  • yellow corn grits
  • flax seeds
  • whole wheat flour
  • wheat nuggets
  • toasted corn germ
  • parboiled brown rice flour
  • hulled millet
  • yellow corn meal
  • whole oat flour
  • rye nuggets
  • rolled wheat
  • buckwheat flour
  • rolled rye
  • parboiled brown rice
  • whole sorghum four (I am assuming they mean flour not four, as it is listed)
  • yellow corn meal
  • whole wheat
  • soybean oil
  • calcium propionate [to retard spoilage]
  • topping (I am guessing this means what is sprinkled on top of the bun): whole flax seed, wheat bran, yellow corn meal, whole wheat

Tomatoes (unless denoted organic, tomatoes are on the list of a dozen of fruits and veggies that have the highest concentration of pesticides)

Colby-Jack cheese:

  • Colby cheese: pasteurized milk, cheese culture, salt, enzymes, annatto
  • Monterey jack cheese: pasteurized milk, cheese culture, salt, microbial enzymes

Green leaf lettuce

Applewood smoked bacon: pork, water, salt, sugar, sodium phosphate [additive], natural flavor, sodium diacetate [preservative and flavor enhancer], sodium erythorbate [highly refined preservative derived from sugar], sodium nitrite [preservative], smoke

You guys, there are 59 of these ingredients just in the bun alone.  You can make homemade multigrain rolls and bread with 1/4 of those ingredients.

And natural flavor is in there four times.  Why should you care? Because there is nothing natural about natural flavors.  This two-word listing on your ingredients can encompass something Frankensteined together from 100 sources.  Meaning you have no actual idea what the hell you are eating.

There are 10 sources of sugar in this one sandwich. And that is just the ones that we know of that aren’t disguised under “natural flavors.”

Think about what would be the motivation for producing food this way.  Chick-fil-A is beholden to stockholders just like any other fast food chain. Which means the bottom line is essential.  Mass producing food must be cheap and with additives designed to make it taste better, they are betting that you will keep coming back for more even though healthwise you are better off making this at home.  But the reality is that it’s easy to sell people on convenience, especially because we haven’t been taught to look past the nutrition part of the label and into the ingredients.

Everybody thinks Chick-fil-A is so wholesome because they say “my pleasure” and close on Sundays for worship.  But there is nothing wholesome about this frankenfood.  They are serving the same processed food as every other fast food chain.  The only difference is the marketing.

Fake food makes me angry.


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