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Free Taco Alert (WTF?)

Have you heard about Taco Bell's "Steal a Base, Steal a Taco" promotion? This Tex-Mex chain announced that if any player stole a base during a game in the World Series, they'd give everyone in America a free crunchy seasoned beef taco.

Well, since Jacoby Ellsbury of the Boston Red Sox stole a base in the fourth inning of the second game, now anyone in America can show up at their local taco Bell on Tuesday, October 30, and get one free taco (between 2-5 pm).

Who doesn't love free stuff? Free is fabulous, and I'm a sucker for free giveaways, but just because something is free, doesn't mean it's healthy for you. Just out of curiosity, want to know how much saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium that free taco will get you? Then


Well I have to say that I'm quite surprised. I
was expecting this taco to be ridiculously
unhealthy. It is a little high in sodium, but it
actually has 3g of fiber, 8g of protein and NO
trans fat. The only problem is that I don't think
many people will eat just one of these tacos
(it's more like two or three). I guess when it
comes to food (even when it's free) moderation
is a good idea to keep in mind.

Serving Size 1 beef taco
Calories 170
Total Fat 10g
Saturated Fat 3.5g
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 25mg
Sodium 350mg
Carbs 13g
Fiber 3g
Sugar 1g
Protein 8g

Taco Bell is one smart cookie, or maybe I should say "churro." When baseball fans collect their free taco, chances are they'll buy something else and the company won't lose much money. I'm sure Taco Bell is also hoping to hook some new customers to their irresistible cheesy food.

Doesn't it seem kind of ironic though, that sports teams are collaborating with fast food joints? The baseball players are working out, training, and exercising their butts off, and America is reaping the benefits in the form of tacos. I know networks need to make their money through advertisements, but couldn't they have chosen something that's a little more healthy? What do you think about Taco Bell's marketing scheme?

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GrandEntrance GrandEntrance 8 years
I like those grande nachos ! start a post in my "my tummy hurts" group!
0danielle0 0danielle0 8 years
I love Taco Bell. It's delicious.
sugar_me_sweet sugar_me_sweet 8 years
if the line isn't long, i will get a free taco. but if the line is long, forget about it.
nikodarling nikodarling 8 years
I haven't eaten taco bell since high school when a girl in my class wound up in the hospital with a severe case of food poisoning, she was sick for over a week. A taco isn't very hard to make....I think I'll stick to making my own even if they are giving them away for free.
nikodarling nikodarling 8 years
I haven't eaten taco bell since high school when a girl in my class wound up in the hospital with a severe case of food poisoning, she was sick for over a week. A taco isn't very hard to make....I think I'll stick to making my own even if they are giving them away for free.
erratic-assassin erratic-assassin 8 years
omg, it's just ONE FRIGGIN TACO! why are u guys trippin on counting calories??? sheesh! let it go....just eat it! throw some sour-cream on that mother too!
jlr32phl jlr32phl 8 years
nice! that'll go well with my 180 calorie amy's black bean burrito i brought to work. not a bad lunch!
Seraphim Seraphim 8 years
however there aren't any taco bells in boston!!!! well downtown anyway,....grrrrrr :)
ksw4543 ksw4543 8 years
This is a great idea to get more men to eat their beloved junk food! I swear to god, my fiance starts drooling whenever he sees a McDonalds advertisement on the metro and always tries to tempt me into buying McDonalds instead of cooking dinner for us..."it would save time, baby!"...whatever! :) Men, enjoy your tacos, I donate mine to you!
SoftRockStar SoftRockStar 8 years
Yay Taco Bell! But Jimboys is better.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I hate Taco Bell and even though the taco is only 170 calories, they aren't really all that HEALTHY of calories...cheese and beef and a fried tortilla. Yuck. I'll donate my taco to my husband, who will GLADLY eat two of them. He will also probably buy a couple more, because he says "you need at least 5 tacos to make a meal". Ick. But yeah, there are probably a LOT of people who think this is brilliant. Taco Bell is going to be the favorite restaurant for a lot of people for a while.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I hate Taco Bell and even though the taco is only 170 calories, they aren't really all that HEALTHY of calories...cheese and beef and a fried tortilla. Yuck. I'll donate my taco to my husband, who will GLADLY eat two of them. He will also probably buy a couple more, because he says "you need at least 5 tacos to make a meal". Ick. But yeah, there are probably a LOT of people who think this is brilliant. Taco Bell is going to be the favorite restaurant for a lot of people for a while.
bahiachic bahiachic 8 years
* I meant 2-3 little tacos in my last comment* Not 1.
bahiachic bahiachic 8 years
I had no idea that free and healthy went hand in hand. Wow, thanks for making me smarter! It's shocking. I for one am not going to freak out over eating one little taco. *GASP* that's right I'm damn sure going to go get my free taco, I might even order a side of nachos. OMG! It's called a treat folks. If you exercise and eat healthy one little taco will not kill you or make you fat. I guess I'm just not that obsessive, and I'm glad. I don't think being that obsessive about food is healthy. Just Live a little!
amandaaa amandaaa 8 years
yes! score! that's awesome.
amandaaa amandaaa 8 years
yes! score! that's awesome.
karisaamy karisaamy 8 years
You can donate the $ of the taco to the victims to the CA fires instead of eating it. Much better for you and the world.http://www.donateyourtaco.com/
karisaamy karisaamy 8 years
You can donate the $ of the taco to the victims to the CA fires instead of eating it. Much better for you and the world. http://www.donateyourtaco.com/
beram1220 beram1220 8 years
between 2-5??? Is this their way of not giving out too many tacos because everyone will be at work? That's discrimination!
Megatron Megatron 8 years
My very first job was the drive thru girl at Taco Bell in the area I grew up in. I don't even want to DISCUSS what I saw that summer. Mostly involving the meat. It has been 8 years since that summer, and very rarely will I go to Taco Bell. If I do, I always order something without meat.
alex_289 alex_289 8 years
Eaing even three wouldn't be bad! That's only 510 calories! You NEED that much at every meal especially if you are active! So I don't see what the big deal is! Beans are healthy for you, chesse is it has calcium and protien, and you can put lettuce on it! And the tortilla is bread which is good for energy. If you just ate one you would be on a stavation diet and you metabilism would slow down and you would start feeling awful. You need alot more than 170 calories for lunch! It's OK to eat 3! gah!
purrtykitty purrtykitty 8 years
hey, i'm all for working fast food into a diet (wow, that sentence is an oxymoron). it's all about moderation, right? so a free taco could be part of a healthy lunch...just don't get a monster side of nachos and you'll be ok.i'm surprised, too. i figured the calorie and fat count would be much higher. i'll be getting my free taco as part of my late lunch.
purrtykitty purrtykitty 8 years
hey, i'm all for working fast food into a diet (wow, that sentence is an oxymoron). it's all about moderation, right? so a free taco could be part of a healthy lunch...just don't get a monster side of nachos and you'll be ok. i'm surprised, too. i figured the calorie and fat count would be much higher. i'll be getting my free taco as part of my late lunch.
minhee minhee 8 years
That just seems wrong..
minhee minhee 8 years
That just seems wrong..
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