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2/10/10 5:27 P

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i haven't been to taco bell for YEARS because of a bad response they sent to me. therefore, i tend not to pay any attn to their ads. I did see one of those ads and their "fresco" menu is the reason I don't buy anything from them anymore.
I asked why my local area doesn't have the fresco menu, since it is in a calorie counter book. their response.........."we don't appreciate unsolicited advice". needless to say, i don't go there anymore.

Edited by: VCZK2TJ71 at: 2/10/2010 (17:36)
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1/23/10 11:33 P

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Just marketing ploys like usual. Too many people are lazy and won't figure it out for themselves.

Ah... I was hoping there was such a thing as negative calories. emoticon

Oh wait! There is: It's called EXERCISE!



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1/23/10 1:44 P

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I don't really think this marketing is deceptive. The fresco-style products do shave a couple calories and fat grams off the regular products.

Here's my big problem. If you are going to offer a product, your employees should know what it is! I can't tell you how often I order a fresco-style bean burrito and they get it wrong. I even try to confirm with them, that means no cheese with the fresh salsa. I've had them charge me extra for the salsa! And frequently they still put the cheese in it.

If I'm grabbing Taco Bell, I'm usually on my way to a flight, which means by the time I check it, I either have to eat it or throw it away. Grrrr!

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1/22/10 3:08 P

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Last time I saw Jared on TV he was standing behind a podium, had a suit jacket on, and his face looked fuller.

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1/22/10 11:53 A

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I thought I read somewhere recently that Jared had gained back something like 50 pounds of his weight loss.

I actually kind of have a better feeling about Subway than Taco Bell because it feels like it's actually possible to be moderately healthy there (fresh veggies, lean meat, etc., if you make the right choices).

Taco Bell not so much.

If you look at the nutritional info, it almost looks like the fresco stuff just omits the cheese. I was hoping they had a lower-cal (high fiber?) tortilla or something like that....

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1/22/10 10:25 A

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It's no different than Jarod and his Subway diet. In theory, a person could lose weight on the Taco Bell Diet. Remember, weight loss boils down to calories in versus calories out.

A junk food diet is certainly not the healthiest way to lose, but a person could lose weight if they ending up eating fewer calories than they normally would.

Personally, I believe it's a gimic to draw in customers just like Subway used Jarod's weight loss. He did lose all that weight by eating at Subway. He just ate less and moved more.

They are also capitalizing on the Eat This, Not That book series. I do like the book. It gives a person different options when eating out at fast food places i.e. eating this is a better choice than eating that.

I suppose Taco Bell is trying to give people a slightly healthier option. Yes, it is deceptive, but it really is no different than what Subway does.



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1/21/10 7:52 P

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What, there is an ad? lol

Taco Bell is one of my nemeses (nemesis's) and it is always a struggle for me to walk past that place. I know darn well how bad that stuff is for me and yet...

I have had the fresco taco. If I have to have a fix, I know at least I can get one thing and satisfy the child in me without pissing off the adult in me.



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1/21/10 6:27 P

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ditto emoticon

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one word...dishonest

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1/21/10 4:53 P

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WHAT?!?! there's no such thing as *negative* calories??!?! drat. emoticon

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1/21/10 2:42 P

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I agree with you, people tend to look for "easy" ways to lose weight. And I can see how someone could lose weight eating at Taco Bell (or anywhere else for that matter) but a lot of it has to do with how you were eating before that, how much weight you have to lose, etc----like the Jared/Subway guy, he was really big, and who knows how many calories he was eating before he started with the Subway sandwiches for every meal----I guess if I ate the low-fat Subway sandwiches for every meal and nothing else all day I would lose weight too.

The nutritionals on the Fresco menu aren't that impressive compared to ordering smart from the regular Taco Bell menu. The bottom line is we should all eat relatively low fat in general which probably for most of us means we just need to avoid consuming the entire Bloomin' Onion from Outback, right?

I have started really looking at the labels and there is virtually no difference calorie-wise between the regular and low-fat versions of many processed foods, and not much difference in actual fat grams either.

People seem to think if it says "low-fat" or "reduced" or "lite" or "fresco" somehow it has negative calories and they can eat as much as they like. Then they wonder why they don't lose weight.

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1/21/10 1:54 P

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Have you seen the latest taco bell ad campaign? There's a girl who says that by choosing new, lower cal menu item she was able to lose weight.

The ad states, both when the girl is talking, as well as the fine print, that the "drive thru diet" is not actually a diet, that it won't work for everybody, etc etc...

Specifically, the print they publish is as follows:

Drive-Thru-Diet® is not a weight-loss program. For a healthier lifestyle, pay attention to total calorie and fat intake and regular exercise. Taco Bell's Fresco Menu can help with calorie reductions of 20 to 100 per item compared to corresponding products on our regular menu. Not a low calorie food. For complete nutritional information please visit TacoBell.com.

So my question is this - do you think people will register that this is not really a weight-loss plan or will people, in their infinite quest for a lazy shortcut, just hear Hey! I can lose weight eating taco bell?

I'm leaning toward the latter, but then again, I have very little faith in the human race in general.

Thoughts?

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