Amazing Food Fact #5

“Amazing Fact #5

Chicken McNuggets contain an industrial chemical.

According to the McDonald’s Corporation, its famous Chicken McNuggets are made with ingredients including sodium phosphates,
“partially hydrogenated soybean oil and cottonseed oil with mono -and diglycerides,” sodium acid pyrophosphate, ammonium bicarbonate, monocalcium phosphate, “hydrogenated soybean oil with TBHQ and citric acid added to preserve freshness” and “Dimethylpolysiloxane added as an antifoaming agent.”
At least two of these ingredients are artificially synthesized industrial chemicals. TBHQ, a petroleum derivative, is used as a stabilizer in perfumes, resins, varnishes and oil field chemicals. Laboratory studies have linked it to stomach tumors. Dimethylpolysiloxane, a type of silicone, is used in caulks and sealants, as a filler for breast implants, and as key ingredient in Silly Putty.
Not that the other ingredients are any better. Because cotton is not regulated as a food crop, cottonseed oil may contain toxic pesticides that are banned in food production. It is also almost always genetically modified. Hydrogenated oils, of course, typically contain trans fats, the artificially produced fats that are unusable by the body and that drastically increase your risk of heart disease and death.”

Sources:
http://nutrition.mcdonalds.com/nutritionexchange/ingredientslist.pdf
http://www.slashfood.com/2010/06/29/the-silly-secret-about-chicken-mcnuggets/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TBHQ
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dimethylpolysiloxane

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