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Letter to the Editor: What's In A Chick fil A Sandwich

Patch reader R.B. Cruz is not pleased by the ingredients list of a Chick fil A chicken sandwich.

by R.B. Cruz

So here’s another reason not to eat at Chick-fil-A: its food just isn’t good. Like other fast food franchises, Chick-fil-A may offer a few token healthy items, but its signature “Classic” Chicken Sandwich isn’t one of them. It’s a heavily processed product. Take a look at the ingredients list posted on the company’s website, copied below. It’s hard to tell where the chicken ends and the bun begins:

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).

Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/just-56-ingredients-in-chick-fil-as-chicken-sandwich.html#ixzz2C85OmcMO

(ed. note: What do you think? These are pretty standard ingredients for fast food fare. Will this change your mind about eating at Chick fil A? Tell us in the comments)

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Triple Canopy November 15, 2012 at 04:31 AM
Support free speech and abide by the US Constitution.
Elizabeth November 19, 2012 at 04:15 PM
No one should be eating this. A list that long for a sandwich is a crime against your health!
Mom of the Horde November 20, 2012 at 06:50 AM
I support free speech, however I don't support hate. Dan Cathy can be as much of a bigot as he wants to be, but it won't be with any of my family's hard earned money.
Mom of the Horde November 20, 2012 at 07:04 AM
Since you're nitpicking about nutrition, here are some numbers.. Classic Chicken Sandwich from Chick Fil A 1400 mg of sodium, 60 mg cholesterol Whopper from Burger King 970 mg of sodium, 75 mg cholesterol The Whoppers, even with cheese and bacon, contain no MSG. Can't say that about Chick Fil A.
Mom of the Horde November 20, 2012 at 07:06 AM
I like the occasional burger or fried chicken, but I try to avoid stuff whose ingredient listings look more like a chemistry experiment than actual food.

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