Taco Bell: Live Más or Die Sooner?

There is a Taco Bell located 0.4 miles from Leesville Road High School, where high students will go to lunch. There are ten Taco Bell’s conveniently located in the Raleigh area.

In the United States, there are many fast food restaurants that offer a wide variety of food choices, however, some of these restaurants offer healthier food options than others.

Taco Bell is a popular fast food place in America and continues to receive business despite their poor quality and nutritional value in their food. I have never eaten at Taco Bell before but have generated a negative opinion on the food based on the prices and how it looks.

The cheese looks stale and nothing like cheese should look like. The cheese should look smooth and melted over the meat. The meat looks greasy and fake, and the lettuce thrown on the taco is cheap and flimsy.

Taco Bell also sells an assortment of quasi-Mexican foods: quesadillas, nachos, and burritos. In general, prices are lower at Taco Bell than other Mexican places, such as Chipotle. While the caloric value is always high. One can purchase the variety twelve pack of tacos that is sold for only $14.99 or you can get one Doritos Locos Taco for $1.59, one of their most popular items.

Purchasing the Three Doritos Locos Tacos Supreme Combo with a drink costs $6.29, and depending on the toppings put on your taco, the calories could range from a little as 570 to 990 calories. Other places, such as Chick-Fil-A, offer different food that may be more expensive but is more valuable in caloric intake because you are receiving protein and carbohydrates that will give you more energy.

Many Leesville students enjoy going off campus for lunch but do not want to spend the money each day to buy an expensive lunch. Due to this, these students choose to go to cheaper places, such as Taco Bell. It offers fast food that high school students enjoy to eat because it is so cheap and tasty.

Some students used to eat the food offered in the cafeteria before they were upperclassman and could go off campus. The price for the cafeteria lunch is normally around three to five dollars. Purchasing the same amount of food at Taco Bell would be similar in pricing to the cafeteria lunch, making Taco Bell a good option for those students. Why would anyone want to eat the food served there. It looks gross and is a complete disgrace to Mexican food. Any native of Mexico should be highly disappointed in the quality of food made at Taco Bell.

Moe’s and Chipotle are popular fast food options that offer a Mexican cusine. Chipotle, specifically, tends to be more expensive with their food, but the quality in freshness and looks is unmatched compared to Taco Bell. “I have eaten at both Chipotle and Taco Bell, and while Taco Bell is cheaper and popular for a lot of teens like me, I prefer Chipotle because of the taste and overall quality of the food,” said Jared Leins, senior at Leesville.

I have stayed away from Taco Bell because of the nutritional value in their food, the way it looks, and what I’ve heard from those who have eaten their food. Many people have stomach aches and digestive problems after eating the food.

“I enjoy eating at Taco Bell, but do not enjoy the aftereffects of eating their food,” said Matthew Wagner, a senior at Leesville. After eating the food at Taco Bell most, if not all, people end up with a stomach ache. Some love Taco Bell so much that they choose to eat it and accept the after effects that come with eating it later. This is one of the main reasons why I have chosen to not eat at Taco Bell. I would rather choose a different fast food place that offers a Mexican cuisine without the stomach aches.

While Taco Bell may be a good option for some, after weighing the options of Taco Bell I don’t think the cheap prices are worth the lacking nutritional value in the food and the after effects of eating it.


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