How many times have I driven through Wendy’s and ordered a small chili for a buck and felt like I was making a healthy choice? Too many to count. In fact, I did this today.
Since I didn’t have time to eat my healthy Wendy’s chili right then, I dashed out the door and came back later. As I walked by the chili, still in the kitchen, I opened it, grabbed a spoon and took a quick bite. And the very first sensation I got was: sweetness.
Don’t take it from me, just look on the Wendy’s website. In the nutrition facts for a small chili, sugar or corn syrup is listed no less than five times.
Sometimes it pays to have a sweetness radar. I expect to find plenty of sugar in a Frosty, but not in their marketed-as-healthy chili.
Will I still grab a Wendy’s chili now and then? Maybe (in a pinch) or maybe not, in the interest of the principle of the thing. But I will definitely still pass the word about hidden sugar, and possibly contact Wendy’s and ask them to clean up this act just a bit.