Thursday, July 26, 2012

The Whole Chick-Fil-A Brouhaha

Let me just preface this by saying, yes, I have eaten there in the past. I was sort of curious what it would taste like, and quite frankly, I was not a fan. The food was edible, but I just didn't get the fanaticism that some people have about it. Then I noticed that on their mayo packets that the ingredients included High Fructose Corn Syrup. Disgusting. Why does *mayo* need to be sweet along with everything else? It doesn't. Just because of that (and because I wasn't thrilled anyway), I decided to never eat there again.

Here is the ingredient list of their basic chicken sandwich from their website. You tell me if this counts as Real Food or not:
Chick-fil-A® Chicken Sandwich
Chicken (100% natural whole breast filet, seasoning [salt, monosodium glutamate, sugar, spices, paprika], seasoned coater [enriched bleached flour {bleached wheat flour, malted barley flour, niacin, iron, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid}, sugar, salt, monosodium glutamate, nonfat milk, leavening {baking soda, sodium aluminum phosphate, monocalcium phosphate}, spice, soybean oil, color {paprika}], milk wash [water, whole powdered egg and nonfat milk solids], peanut oil [fully refined peanut oil with TBHQ and citric acid added to preserve freshness and dimethylpolysiloxane an anti-foaming agent added]), bun (enriched flour [wheat flour, malted barley flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamin mononitrate {Vitamin B1}, riboflavin {Vitamin B2}, folic acid], water, high fructose corn syrup, yeast, contains 2% or less of each of the following: liquid yeast, soybean oil, nonfat milk, salt, wheat gluten, soy flour, dough conditioners [may contain one or more of the following: mono- and diglycerides, calcium and sodium stearoyl lactylates, calcium peroxide], soy flour, amylase, yeast nutrients [monocalcium phosphate, calcium sulfate, ammonium sulfate], calcium propionate added to retard spoilage, soy lecithin, cornstarch, butter oil [soybean oil, palm kernel oil, soy lecithin, natural and artificial flavor, TBHQ and citric acid added as preservatives, and artificial color]), pickle (cucumbers, water, vinegar, salt, lactic acid, calcium chloride, alum, sodium benzoate and potassium sorbate [preservatives], natural flavors, polysorbate 80, yellow 5, blue 1).

Does that look unappetizing or what? GAH!

Beyond this, the company has been donating miliions of dollars to organizations with the specific goal of preserving "Biblical Marriage." When I hear phrases like this, I admit to becoming snarky. Keeping wives and concubine as property is what they're going for? Now that's Biblical marriage!  What they really mean, of course, is keeping gay people from being gay or getting married to same-sex partners. The Marriage & Family Foundation, Exodus International, and the Family Research Council all devote time and money to steering political agendas against gay people and gay marriage (or as I'd rather refer to it, marriage).

So fine. If that's your thing, go ahead, keep eating their chemical-ridden "food" and some of your money will go toward these organizations (and not nearly enough to the workers, who are probably making a pittance and stuck in the middle of all of this, but I digress). I'd rather make my own chicken sandwiches, with red pepper halves as my bun and almond "breading" I made myself. At least I know that my sandwich is chemical and hate free.

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  1. Agree completely. Oh, plus Chick-Fil-A sued that Vermont man for making Eat More Kale shirts. Really!!? It's gross food (if you're into being healthy which many people are not) sold by a corporation whose values are so far from my own on many different fronts...I wish I could boycott them more than I already do.

  2. It's incredibly ironic to me that you would bash unnatural ingredients in food, but support an unnatural practice like same-sex union. Come on, let's be consistent. You should allow the good common sense toward what you eat to be applied here as well. Where in nature do you find same-sex union? Even if you leave religion out of it, same-sex union leads nowhere in evolution. I don't mean to be inflammatory. It just seems inconsistent to me. BTW, I'm with you on the chicken sandwich. We don't have chick-fil-A where I live, but I'll make sure to steer clear (pun intended) when I'm in the South.

    1. No same sex unions in the animal kingdom? Since when? There are plenty. Become enlightened:

      Unless same sex attraction and desire are synthesized in the laboratory like these crap ingredients are, they are perfectly natural.