Meat today is often processed using a variety of harmful practices, from synthetic hormones and excessive antibiotics to artificial nitrates and nitrites. Many chicken nuggets and hot dogs are made with mechanically separated meat, which adds fillers and lessens quality. These additives can be harmful to animals, humans, and the environment, and you won’t find them in our meals.
Our recipes use real cheese like Cheddar, Asiago, Mozzarella, Parmesan, Ricotta, and Romano. We carefully select cheese made from cows that have not been given rBHG, rBST, or other artificial growth hormones that stimulate milk production in an unnatural way. You won’t find processed American cheese products in our food, as they are loaded with unhealthy preservatives that can cause disease.
We use whole grains and unbleached flours to maximize the nutrition in our meals. Bleached flour is derived from a chemical process which removes the nutrients, vitamins, and minerals from the grain using harsh additives such as benzoyl peroxide, potassium bromate, and chlorine. We prefer the real deal, it’s more nutritious and tastes better.
Partially and fully hydrogenated fats are created when vegetable oils are chemically altered to stay solid at room temperature, giving them a much longer shelf life. These fats are hazardous to human health. They increase the risk of heart disease and stroke by increasing “bad” cholesterol and decreasing “good” cholesterol. Many bread products today use these artificial fats, but you won’t find them in our meals.
Our foods are sweetened naturally using real fruit, vegetables, herbs, honey, and sugar. You won’t find chemical sweeteners such as saccharin, aspartame or sucralose in our food, as these artificial sweeteners have been linked to a variety of health concerns. We also don’t use High Fructose Corn Syrup, as it is synthetically derived from corn and not a “natural” sweetener.
Natural Colors & Flavors
Chemical colors like Blue 1, Green 3, Blue 2, Red 3, Red 40, or Yellow 6 are created in laboratories and added to foods for visual appeal. They have been associated with illness and disease. Artificial flavors are chemical mixtures made from inedible substances like petroleum and mimic flavor in some way. These additives have harmful effects on the body, and you won’t find them on the Wicked Tasty menu. We believe food seasoned and colored naturally from herbs, spices, fruits, and vegetables tastes better.
Artificial Preservatives and Additives
You won’t find additives like benzoates, bromates, sulfites, BHA, BHT, MSG, or tBHQ in our foods. These preservatives are commonly used by food companies to extend shelf life of food or protect colors and flavors. They have been linked to asthma, inflammation, ADHD, obesity, hormonal changes, and even cancer. No thank you. Not in our food, not in your body.
Nut and Tree Nut Ingredients
Tree nut allergy is one of the most common food allergies in children and adults. It can cause a severe and potentially fatal allergic reaction called anaphylaxis. Tree nut and peanut allergies are usually lifelong allergies, outgrown in only 10-20% of cases. Rather than cause our customers worry and concern about potentially allergenic ingredients in our foods, we choose to exclude them entirely. We want our customers healthy for life!