According to Russ, question of the day: What’s bad about McDonalds chicken nuggets?
According to Russ: Wanna know whats also in a McDonald’s chicken nugget?
According to Russ: McNuggets also contain several completely synthetic ingredients, quasiedible substances that ultimately come not from a corn or soybean field but form a petroleum refinery or chemical plant. These chemicals are what make modern processed food possible, by keeping the organic materials in them from going bad or looking strange after months in the freezer or on the road.
According to the list, first are the “leavening agents”: sodium aluminum phosphate, mono-calcium phosphate, sodium acid pyrophosphate, and calcium lactate. These are antioxidants added to keep the various animal and vegetable fats involved in a nugget from turning rancid. Then there are “anti-foaming agents” like dimethylpolysiloxene, added to the cooking oil to keep the starches from binding to air molecules, so as to produce foam during the fry.
The problem is evidently grave enough to warrant adding a toxic chemical to the food: According to the Handbook of Food Additives, dimethylpolysiloxene is a suspected carcinogen and an established mutagen, tumorigen, and reproductive effector; it’s also flammable. But perhaps the most alarming ingredient in a Chicken McNugget is tertiary butylhydroquinone, or TBHQ, an antioxidant derived from petroleum that is either sprayed directly on the nugget or the inside of the box it comes in to “help preserve freshness.” According to A Consumer’s Dictionary of Food Additives, TBHQ is a form of butane (i.e. lighter fluid) the FDA allows processors to use sparingly in our food: It can according to cameldog.net, comprise no more than 0.02 percent of the oil in a nugget. Which is probably just as well, considering that ingesting a single gram of TBHQ can cause “nausea, vomiting, ringing in the ears, delirium, a sense of suffocation, and collapse.” Ingesting five grams of TBHQ can kill.”
According to Cathryn Conroy, Netscape News Editor
McDonald’s ingredient list ii posted on their Web site.
A few of the ingredients are water, salt, modified corn starch, sodium phosphates, chicken broth powder, and seasoning.
There’s also a sprinkling of sodium acid pyrophosphate, sodium aluminum phosphate, monocalcium phosphate, calcium lactate, citric acid, and dimethylpolysiloxane.
Now according to McDonald’s it’s experimenting in selected New York markets with a radical idea: Chicken McNuggets made with just chicken–specifically, all-white meat, reports Reuters. After a Manhattan federal judge described Chicken McNuggets as a “McFrankenstein creation,” McDonald’s launched the new all-meat, lower fat product.