Do you buy a chicken meal described as “made with white meat, wrapped up in a crisp tempura batter”? This would be McDonald’s McNuggets often bought for children when visiting this fast food establishment. When provided a full list of ingredients of this popular menu item, only 50% of McNuggets are chicken, which is not too surprising.
It’s the other ingredients which may surprise you. Do you add an anti-foaming agent made from silicone to any of the recipes you make for yourself or family or do you let pets or kids eat any of this stuff? No? Read the description…
Provided by MacDonald’s to Organic Authority, this is the full description of those tasty McNuggets:
“White boneless chicken, water, food starch-modified, salt, seasoning (autolyzed yeast extract, salt, wheat starch, natural flavoring (botanical source), safflower oil, dextrose, citric acid, rosemary), sodium phosphates, seasoning (canola oil, mono- and diglycerides, extractives of rosemary).
Battered and breaded with: water, enriched flour (bleached wheat flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), yellow corn flour, food starch-modified, salt, leavening (baking soda, sodium acid pyrophosphate, sodium aluminum phosphate, monocalcium phosphate, calcium lactate), spices, wheat starch, whey, corn starch.
Prepared in vegetable oil (Canola oil, corn oil, soybean oil, hydrogenated soybean oil with TBHQ and citric acid added to preserve freshness). Dimethylpolysiloxane added as an antifoaming agent.”
Federal Judge Robert Sweet said in a lawsuit against the restaurant chain back in 2003: “Chicken McNuggets, rather than being merely chicken fried in a pan, are a McFrankenstein creation of various elements not utilized by the home cook.”
At the time, Time Magazine reported that Judge Sweet “questioned whether customers understood the risks of eating McDonald’s chicken over regular chicken.”
That was 2003 and here we are 8, almost 9 years later, and Chicken McNuggets are still a popular menu item. Either people are not concerned about what they or their children eat or they just don’t understand the dangers of ingesting these toxic chemicals. Of course they don’t associate any of what they eat to childhood asthma, autism or I often hear “it’s such a minuscule amount it can’t hurt you”. My response is “do you think these chemicals can accumulate in your body and build up to a dangerous level causing maladies you never imagined?” Since I have 3 young grand nieces and 2 teenage ones I am concerned about what toxic substances they might be consuming as well as other children. So if I keep talking about GMO’s and chemical additives in foods, it’s because I truly believe these are dangerous substances that may not have an immediate effect but may very well accumulate over time and cause major health issues.
You are what you eat!