Chicken nuggets: 50% chicken 50% synthetic chemicals



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PatrickNeville
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21 Mar 2011, 4:57 pm

I already knew fast "food" could be quite disgusting but I never realised how damaging to a living beings health "Chicken Nuggets could be.

A chicken nugget being treated in Ammonia to kill off all the nasty bacteria. It comes from the otherwise unwanted parts of the body.
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http://articles.mercola.com/sites/artic ... icken.aspx

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Do you put dimethylpolysiloxane, an anti-foaming agent made of silicone, in your chicken dishes?

How about tertiary butylhydroquinone (TBHQ), a chemical preservative so deadly that just five grams can kill you?

These are just two of the ingredients in a McDonalds Chicken McNugget. Only 50 percent of a McNugget is actually chicken. The other 50 percent includes corn derivatives, sugars, leavening agents and completely synthetic ingredients.

Organic Authority helpfully transcribed the full ingredients list provided by McDonalds:

"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."

Dr. Mercola's Comments:

There's no doubt about it. Processed food like that from McDonald's is just not part of a healthful diet – in fact, much of it cannot even pass for real food.

After reviewing the above article I am very grateful I can say I have never had a Chicken McNugget from McDonald's. If you can't say the same at least you can commit to never having another one again.

This sentiment was echoed by Federal Judge Robert Sweet in a lawsuit against the restaurant chain back in 2003 when he said:

"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 seven years ago, and I still wonder whether or not McDonald's customers truly understand the risks they take when consuming fast food on a regular basis.

If you missed Morgan Spurlock's documentary Super-Size Me, I highly recommend you watch it with your entire family. It's a real-life illustration of just how dangerous – life threatening, in fact – an excessive fast food diet can really be. And "excessive" consumption is likely far less than you imagine: Eating fast food just twice a week DOUBLES your risk of developing insulin resistance, compared to eating it just once a week, for example. Insulin resistance, as I've discussed on many occasions, is one of THE primary driving factors behind most of the diseases we currently struggle with, from diabetes to cancer and heart disease...

The truth is, McDonald's fare contain non-food ingredients that can seriously harm your health.

This shouldn't come as any great surprise. After all, how healthful can something be that shows no signs of decomposing after being left on a counter for more than a decade?

Clearly there's more chemicals in there than actual, real foodstuff.

Chicken McNuggets: "Made With White Meat"... and What Else?

According to McDonald's, their chicken nuggets are "made with white meat, wrapped up in a crisp tempura batter." But as the article above shows, these chicken nuggets are a far cry from what you might expect, based on that description.

About half of it is actual chicken. The rest is a mix of corn-derived fillers and additives (most likely genetically modified), along with a slew of synthetic chemicals, including:

* Dimethyl polysiloxane, a type of silicone with anti-foaming properties used in cosmetics and a variety of other goods like Silly Putty
* Tertiary butylhydroquinone (TBHQ), a petroleum-based product with antioxidant properties

The latter, TBHQ, is typically listed as an "antioxidant," but it's important to realize it is a SYNTHETIC chemical with antioxidant properties – NOT a natural antioxidant.

The chemical prevents oxidation of fats and oils, thereby extending shelf life of processed foods. It's a commonly used ingredient in processed foods of all kinds, but you can also find it in varnishes, lacquers, pesticide products, as well as cosmetics and perfumes to reduce the evaporation rate and improve stability.

At its 19th and 21st meetings, the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives determined that TBHQ was safe for human consumption at levels of 0-0.5 mg/kg of body weight. However, more recently, the Codex commission set the maximum allowable limits up to between 100 to as much as 400 mg/kg, depending on the food it's added to. (Chewing gum is permitted to contain the highest levels of TBHQ.)

That's quite a discrepancy in supposedly "safe" limits!

So, is the safe level zero, or 400 mg/kg? Who knows?!

According to A Consumer's Dictionary of Food Additives, one gram of TBHQ can cause:

* Nausea
* Vomiting
* Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
* Delirium
* Sense of suffocation
* Collapse

Based on animal studies, health hazards associated with TBHQ include:

* liver effects at very low doses
* positive mutation results from in vitro tests on mammalian cells
* biochemical changes at very low doses
* reproductive effects at high doses

The good news is that it is not suspected to be a persistent toxin, meaning your body is probably able to eliminate it so that it does not bioaccumulate.

REAL Food "Lives" and "Dies"

I recently commented on the curious ability of McDonald's food to remain impervious to degradation. It's as if the food has been embalmed to stay "fresh" forever! After sitting on a shelf for 14 years, the hamburger bun has yet to develop a single trace of mold. It's barely even begun to shrivel...

Folks, these buns bear absolutely no resemblance to real bread, and when you read the list of ingredients, this mysterious mummification feature becomes less of a mystery.

Here are just a few of the ingredients in a McDonald's hamburger bun:

* calcium sulfate (aka Plaster of Paris)
* calcium carbonate (Antacid medication)
* ammonium sulfate (According to MSDS,“harmful if swallowed”)
* ammonium chloride (Causes irritation to the gastrointestinal tract. Symptoms include nausea, vomiting and diarrhea)
* calcium propionate (Preservative)
* sodium propionate (Mold inhibitor)

Always remember that wholesome, health-promoting food is "live" food, and the hallmark of live food is the fact that it will decompose.

The fact that these burgers, buns, and fries do not decompose, even after a decade or two, is a clear sign that it's just not real food, and should not be part of your diet.


References to certain key points contained within article if people wish to see them.


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21 Mar 2011, 5:13 pm

Doesn't sound good. I'm not usually concerned about chemicals in general, but the hydrogenated oil and silicone compound make me worry a bit. It's been years since I've eaten chicken nuggets and I seldom eat at McDonalds or any other fast food.


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21 Mar 2011, 5:16 pm

One of the reasons I don't touch anything like that, the other being the horrible taste :eew:


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21 Mar 2011, 5:18 pm

I hate McDonalds and other fast food places like them that have same processing for their food. I always feel sick after eating at places like that. I prefer to eat a other fast food places or restaurants that have real food.

Jamie Oliver has done some special shows about school food in cafeterias in both the UK and US. He shows that they are just as bad as
McDonalds,Taco Bell and others. He brought in fresh local food and under budget then what they had used before.



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21 Mar 2011, 5:45 pm

I am actually ashamed and angry at parents who feed their children fast food all the time. :(

The difficult thing is is that people (well quite a lot of them) are too consumed thinking about personal image and have become lazy due to a materialistic lifestyle. That combined with capitalism drawing in millions of people, if not over 1 billion across the globe, who are unaware of the effects on their health. Since large corporations dominate the market it becomes cheaper as well, just adding to the problem.

Like I said, I am ashamed and angry at parents who feed their children this crap, but I feel much worse about the corporations who stand by and let this happen.


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21 Mar 2011, 6:57 pm

I always knew that kind of food was bad, but that is so much worse than what I thought.

I've never been more glad to have so many food sensitivities that I never even bother with fast food.



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21 Mar 2011, 8:19 pm

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21 Mar 2011, 11:21 pm

i must be one of the few defectives who thinks that junk food is delicious and that raw veggies unleavened by salt and sugar taste like hell. it seems that which tastes good isn't good for you, and that the bitter/sour foods are good for you. why does the tongue draw some of us to bad food? is it a defective organ, or one in need of a good tuning? i read that some of us are "supertasters" who are extraordinarily sensitive to bitterness in food, and that the majority of these supertasters are [simultaneously] abnormally insensitive to sweet and salty flavors. i am a supertaster, and this is one super i'd gladly trade-in for a base model.



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21 Mar 2011, 11:27 pm

auntblabby wrote:
i must be one of the few defectives who thinks that junk food is delicious and that raw veggies unleavened by salt and sugar taste like hell. it seems that which tastes good isn't good for you, and that the bitter/sour foods are good for you. why does the tongue draw some of us to bad food? is it a defective organ, or one in need of a good tuning? i read that some of us are "supertasters" who are extraordinarily sensitive to bitterness in food, and that the majority of these supertasters are [simultaneously] abnormally insensitive to sweet and salty flavors. i am a supertaster, and this is one super i'd gladly trade-in for a base model.


I understand your point. I know how great junk food tastes and a lot of it is due to compounds like Monosodium Glutomate. Things like Salt, Fat etc have their own reasons too. I am gonna ask somebody I know and see if they can provide reference.

Edit: Thought you might like to read this as it is related to sugar taste sensitivities:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/20 ... 122532.htm


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22 Mar 2011, 12:50 am

the big about glucagon was very interesting. it would be a boon if they could make a similar mechanistic fix for those of us who are insensitive to salt and umami and fat.



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22 Mar 2011, 12:56 am

Maca Powder is an "adaptogen" meaning that it helps regulate hormones whether they are too high or too low. Perhaps it would benefit here in some way.

I just got some today actually, which is why I have been reading about it a bit more.

http://www.macaroot.com/benefits/index.html


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22 Mar 2011, 1:20 am

maca sounds like just what the doctor ordered, and for those with low libidos [like myself] it sounds like manna from heaven. but it should be mentioned that for people with no outlet for their horniness, that might be an unwanted blessing. also, people with thyroid issues are advised to exercise caution when taking maca root extract, and/or to abstain from low-sodium diets while on the supplement.
there are other folk who may be allergic to it, typical allergic symptoms being hives, fatigue and flushed skin. all this said, i think i will try to get me some of that stuff.



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22 Mar 2011, 1:34 am

This is not surprising at all. You should be able to see muscle tissue in your meat. If you can't see the striations, that means it's been processed, mashed together, slushied up, or whatever terms you prefer. All fast food chains are guilty of this, even the "healthy" restaurants like Subway.

There's a reason why the food is cheap...


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22 Mar 2011, 4:46 pm

auntblabby wrote:
i think i will try to get me some of that stuff.


You should. :) You just need 1 or 2 tea spoons a day, which you can have in water, on cereal, mixed into sauce or anything.

if you have a sensitive body always start with about half a tea spoon then increase it over the next few days.


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22 Mar 2011, 6:23 pm

I'm now glad I've abstained from eating fast food for years; what on earth do they put in their strawberry milkshakes if that's the colour and texture of their 'meat'?

Any food that leaves me hungry after gulfing it down leaves me sceptical.



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