If you're careful about what you eat, you probably don't frequent chains like McDonald's or Burger King, but where do you go when you want a burger? I recently asked you to weigh in on my Facebook page… and many of you said you like burgers from Elevation Burger, Culver's, In-N-Out, Next Level, The Habit, and Red Robin.
There are several higher-end and farm-to-table burger chains popping up, advertising their "all natural", "organic" and "grass-fed" burgers. So I had to find out… are they really legit? Are they secretly serving GMO ingredients? Do they really serve grass-fed burgers? Or, is their meat really just from a filthy factory farm with a slick marketing campaign?
We reached out to over a dozen burger chains on a quest to find a better burger… and were SHOCKED by our findings! There is a lot of greenwashing going on – so you've really got to do your homework to find healthy burgers that aren't laden with GMOs, antibiotic-resistant bacteria, hormone residues, and controversial additives.
We investigated all the big burger chains that seem like they'd have healthier burgers, and the ones that you've all been asking me about like Smashburger, Shake Shack, and Five Guys. I couldn't believe one of them has an ingredient list like this…
Egg bun: Acetic Acid, Ascorbic Acid, Calcium Propionate, Calcium Sulfate, Citric Acid, Corn Syrup solids, Diacetyl Tartaric Acid Esters Of Mono And Diglycerides (DATEM, Dried Corn Syrup, Enzymes, FD&C Yellow 6 Lake, FD&C Yellow 5, Folic Acid, Forced Wheat, Fumaric Acid, Guar gum, Iron, L-Cysteine Hydrochloride, Lactic Acid, Malted Barley Flour, Modified Food Starch (Wheat), Mono- and Diglycerides, Monoglycerides, Niacin (Vit B3), Notes, Polysorbate 60, Propylparaben, Propylene Glycol, Red 40, Reduced Iron, Riboflavin (Vit B2), Salt, Silicon Dioxide, Sodium Alginate, Sodium Benzoate, Soy Lecithin, Soybean Oil, Sugar, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vit B1), Water, Wheat Flour, Yeast. Ground beef patty: 100% USDA Fresh Never Frozen ground Beef. Butter on beef patty: Olive Oil, Unsalted Butter. Seasoning: Ascorbic Acid, Dehydrated Garlic, Dextrose, Disodium guanylate, Disodium Inosinate, Hydrolyzed Corn Protein, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Maltodextrin, Natural Flavors, Natural Smoke Flavor, Onion Powder, Salt, Silicon Dioxide, Spices, Tapioca Dextrin, Yeast Extract. Sauce: Calcium Disodium EDTA, Cured Cucumber, Dehydrated Onions, Dehydrated Red Bell Peppers, Distilled Vinegar, Egg-Yolk, Extractives of Paprika, Extractives of Turmeric, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Lemon Juice Concentrate, Mustard Seed, Natural Flavors, Notes, Paprika, Polysorbate 80, Potassium Sorbate, Salt, Sodium Benzoate, Soybean Oil, Spices, Sugar, Turmeric, Water, Xanthan Gum.
Crazy, right? See which chain this is in my new post! Plus - I'll tell ya my personal favorite burger places and give you some tips for finding the best burgers in your town.
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