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Ever wonder whats in those mc nugetts

So What Really Is In A McDonald's Chicken McNugget?


The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan is a fascinating book that
details the changing eating habits of Americans. I can't recommend it
highly enough. It explains how, over the last 30 years, we have become
a nation that eats vast quantities of corn – much more so than Mexicans,
the original "corn people."

Most folks assume that a chicken nugget is just a piece of fried
chicken, right? Wrong! Did you know, for example, that a McDonald’s
Chicken McNugget is 56% corn?

What else is in a McDonald's Chicken McNugget? Besides corn, and to a
lesser extent, chicken, The Omnivore's Dilemma describes all of the
thirty-eight ingredients that make up a McNugget – one of which I'll bet
you'll never guess. During this part of the book, the author has just
ordered a meal from McDonald’s with his family and taken one of the
flyers available at McDonald’s called "A Full Serving of Nutrition
Facts: Choose the Best Meal for You." These two paragraphs are taken
directly from The Omnivore’s Dilemma:

“The ingredients listed in the flyer suggest a lot of thought goes into
a nugget, that and a lot of corn. Of the thirty-eight ingredients it
takes to make a McNugget, I counted thirteen that can be derived from
corn: the corn-fed chicken itself; modified cornstarch (to bind the
pulverized chicken meat); mono-, tri-, and diglycerides (emulsifiers,
which keep the fats and water from separating); dextrose; lecithin
(another emulsifier); chicken broth (to restore some of the flavor that
processing leeches out); yellow corn flour and more modified cornstarch
(for the batter); cornstarch (a filler); vegetable shortening; partially
hydrogenated corn oil; and citric acid as a preservative. A couple of
other plants take part in the nugget: There's some wheat in the batter,
and on any given day the hydrogenated oil could come from soybeans,
canola, or cotton rather than corn, depending on the market price and

According to the handout, 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. Listed 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
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.”

Bet you never thought that was in your chicken McNuggets!


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Originally Posted by ThrillKill
i dont like either of them
but in a pinch i will eat at the mc d before the burger king.
i personally prefer Arbys or wendys.
A&W is first on the list they have wholewheat buns and good apple pies .

i call this road food.
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I think I will give up on all of them.
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well my cows read this post and they say

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and if that bugs you then there allways this little place in town.
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the meats allways fresh.
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