Carl’s Jr is still using MSG (they just don’t want you to know)

This is an older post I found on the internet from 2001. Last night (March 20, 2012) I was up and miserable all night and I speculated it was the burger I had from Carl’s Jr. Again, their website shows no MSG (still).

Carl’s Jr. posts “nutritional info” on their website, but not ingredients. They sent me a booklet listing all the ingredients of their menu items (and for Green Burrito). They’re just as bad, if not worse, than McDonalds, Burger King, Jack in the Box, et al. Interestingly, they indicate some of the items as *(contains glutamate) [that notation and “monosodium glutamate” are in bold type]; but of course they do not do that for all of the glutamate sources, mainly some hydrolyzed proteins.

My mom had a bad reaction to a Carl’s Jr. burger w/BBQ sauce on it (hours in the bathroom), and she doesn’t consider herself sensitive to MSG. Here is a sampling:

*Beef Sirloin Flap Steak
Tenderized with a solution of Ficin and/or Bromelin. Marinated with up to 7% of a solution of water, salt, natural beef flavor (hydrolyzed corn, wheat, soy protein (contains glutamate), autolyzed yeast (contains glutamate), maltodextrin, and beef broth), garlic powder, sodium tripolyphosphate, dextrose, hydrolyzed corn gluten, hydrolyzed wheat gluten, sugar, spice extractives.

*Chicken Stars
Chicken, water, seasoning [modified food starch, salt, sodium phosphate, hydrolyzed milk protein, sugar, hydrolyzed soy protein (contains glutamate)], food starch modified.
BREADED WITH: enriched wheat flour (niacin, reduced iron, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), yeast, dextrose, and iodized salt.
BATTERED WITH: water, bleached wheat flour, food starch modified, sugar, leavening (sodium acid pyrophosphate, sodium bicarbonate, monocalcium phosphate), salt, spices, buttermilk solids, dried whole eggs, soy flour, dextrose, and garlic powder.
PREDUSTED WITH: bleached wheat flour, durum flour, salt, vital wheat gluten, spices, garlic powder, soybean oil, and natural flavor. Breading set in hot soybean oil.

Beef, water, tomato paste, seasoning (spices, yellow corn flour, dehydrated onion, salt, soy protein isolate, garlic powder), chili powder (chili pepper, cumin, salt, garlic and oregano), masa flour (corn treated with lime water and specially ground, niacin, reduced iron, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin), salt, autolyzed yeast extract (contains glutamate), paprika, spices.

Sauce, BBQ
1/2 Gallon
Corn sweeteners, water, tomato paste, prepared mustard, natural flavor, salt, vinegar, onions, garlic, spices, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, xanthan gum, sodium benzoate (preservative), propylene glycol, alginate, lemon juice, potassium sorbate (preservative), thiamine hydrochloride, disodium inosinate, disodium guanylate, dextrose.
*1 oz Cup
Corn syrup, water, tomato paste, prepared mustard (distilled vinegar, mustard seed, salt, tumeric, spices), high fructose corn syrup, natural flavor, vinegar, salt, onion powder, garlic powder, spices, hydrolyzed corn gluten and soy proteins (contains glutamate), xanthan gum, sodium benzoate (preservate), propylene glycol alginate, potassium sorbate (preservative), autolyzed yeast (contains glutamate).

Note that the BBQ sauce in gallons does not indicate (contains glutamate), yet it has two MSG potentiators (disodium inosinate, disodium guanylate) in the ingredients, in addition to natural flavor and hydrolyzed vegetable protein.


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