Three cheers for Burger King’s “Blacklisted Ingredients!”
The very long list includes most of the additives the Feingold Association eliminates, as well as others many of us choose to avoid. So far, so good. But a close look at the listing raises some questions.
Why do they separately list Blue 1 and Brilliant Blue when they are two names for the same dye?
How about Blue 2 and Indigotine? Or Green 3 and Fast Green? Then there’s Red 3 and Erythrosine, Yellow 5 and Tartrazine, Yellow 6 and Sunset Yellow, plus Red 40 and Allura Red. That makes 12 listing for 6 ingredients.
Not only has Burger King listed the following dyes as no-no’s, but they were banned a long time ago: Red 2 a.k.a. Amaranth, Ponceau 4R, Orange 1, Yellow 1, Yellow 2, Yellow 3, Yellow 4 and Violet 1.
The Blacklist includes Orange B, which was once used to dye sausage casings, and Citrus Red, sprayed on orange rinds to make them more appealing. We can breathe easier knowing that they don’t allow Rose Bengal, which is used as a medical stain to diagnose pathogens. Two more on the list: Astaxanthan is used to dye the food given to farmed fish and Brown FK was once used on kippered herring to give it a more pleasing color.
Remember Azodicarbonamide? It’s the bread additive that Food Babe made famous when she compared it to yoga mats. That’s gone too. So is the widely used bread preservative Calcium Propionate.
Burger King says they are removing MSG — Monosodium Glutamate — and some of the additives that hide the fact that there is MSG in the food: Disodium Guanylate and Disodium Inosinate, as well as Hydrolyzed Corn Protein and Hydrolyzed Soy Protein. But there is no mention of Yeast Extract, a favorite fast food “flavor enhancer.”
The best part of the Burger King Blacklist is that in addition to removing the petroleum-based dyes that are in use (as well as the ones that aren’t used at all) they have included BHA, BHT and TBHQ. High Fructose Corn Syrup (not regular Corn Syrup) and Sulfites are going, but no mention of Vanillin.
The only thing missing is a comprehensive listing of the ingredients used in each of the restaurant’s offerings. Hopefully, this will eventually be provided, and we can add Burger King back into the Feingold Association’s Fast Food Guide. The 2022 version is currently being researched.