Why Does Taco Bell Hate Low Carbers?!
Well, phoo. It's official: There is not a single darned low carb item on the menu at Taco Bell. Used to be that I could order a taco salad, hold the beans, double the chicken or beef, and simply not eat the shell. Wasn't a gourmet meal, but it was nutritionally acceptable, and tasted okay.
I had a very busy day going today -- which is why I'm writing this at 9:11 pm -- and found myself hungry while running around doing errands. The only fast food place in the neighborhood was the Taco Bell, so I stopped in to order my one standby, only to have the counter clerk tell me that somewhere along the line Taco Bell has added rice to all of their taco salads. So I ordered a chicken taco salad, hold the beans and rice, double the chicken, only to find that it came with tortilla strips. Not just tortilla strips on top, mind you, but tortilla strips tossed in with the chicken and shredded cheese. I violated every rule of etiquette, and used my fingers to pick the tortilla strips out as I went. It's pretty much impossible to do the job with a plastic spork. Why, exactly, does a salad served in a tortilla need more pieces of tortilla in it?
The counter clerk told me that Taco Bell Central had added all that starchy ballast because people were complaining the taco salads didn't "have enough stuff in them" -- they just weren't filling enough.
Whatever. Taco Bell has now lost what little business I gave them. Enough fast food places have grilled chicken salads, and most can supply a bunless burger. Why would I bother with Taco Bell's Fiesta of Cheap Crappy Carbs? Steer clear.