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Taco Bell shares what the 'other' ingredients are in its beef


The mystery of the meat is now solved.

After word spread that Taco Bell’s beef is 88 percent meat and 12 percent "other," consumers began clamoring for details on what exactly "other" means. Taco Bell decided to share that information and more on its website, in a handy page that answers such questions as "Is it Grade D meat?" and "What's the deal with soy lecithin?"

The site breaks down each ingredient — like torula yeast, maltodextrin, and lactic acid — and not only explains what it is, but also why it's good for the meat (for instance, sodium phosphates are used to make sure the beef is the right texture). This should make people happy, Dr. Derek Lowe, a chemist and blogger, tells ABC News. He said that while he understands why people might be confused by the ingredients, he has "no patience" with the argument "If I can't pronounce it, I won't eat it." "There's nothing on this list I have a problem eating," he said.