What’s REALLY in Those McNuggets (And Why the FDA Doesn't Care)
You may have had a sneaking suspicion that McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets aren’t exactly a storehouse of nutrients, but guess what? It’s worse than you my have thought. Actually, you may be shocked by how bad they really are.
According to a recent CNN report:
“American McNuggets (190 calories, 12 grams of fat, 2 grams of saturated fat for 4 pieces) contain the chemical preservative tBHQ, tertiary butylhydroquinone, a petroleum-based product. They also contain dimethylpolysiloxane … a form of silicone used in cosmetics and Silly Putty.
Silly Putty. Now doesn’t that sound just yummy?
“By contrast, British McNuggets (170 calories, 9 grams of fat, 1 gram of saturated fat for 4 pieces) lists neither chemical among its ingredients.”
And we wonder why America is fatter and in poorer health than many of our European neighbors?
I’ll have a McSilly meal, please.
McDonald’s was highly scrutinized after the documentary “Super Size Me” so when it comes to the truth about McDonald’s fare, a lot of Americans have seen the light. But come on. Silly Putty agent and petroleum in McNuggets?
Wonder what the FDA has to say about that?
As it turns out, not a thing. Zilch, nada, nothing. Giant corporations seem to get a free pass when it comes to churning out foods laden with dangerous chemicals. This is in sharp contrast to small businesses such as raw food and milk farms trying to sell healthy foods to consumers. These fledgling entrepreneurs can expect a Gestapo type raid from serious looking men in business suits in their near future.
The fact that the FDA continues to ignore consumer’s best interest is glaringly apparent. The BP debacle is a prime example. Despite the fact that the Gulf of Mexico is a toxic brew of dangerous chemical dispersants, the FDA declares the seafood from the Gulf as safe to eat. And while our heart goes out to restaurant businesses in the Gulf, eating seafood from the tainted Gulf waters is a recipe for disaster.
Here is the McNugget danger spelled out for you:
TBHQ is a preservative found in animal fats and vegetable oil. It comprises .02% of the oil a chicken nugget. One gram of tBHQ has been shown to cause digestive distress such as nausea and vomiting, plus delirium, and eventually collapse.
And strangely, WHO, The World Health Organization, hasn’t found dimethlpolysiloxane, the agent found in Silly Putty, to cause any adverse health issues. But then again, they didn’t see a problem with the H1N1 flu vaccines, either.
See the connection? If not, when you connect the dots more often than not there is a straight line leading directly to the bank.
One thing seems to be a certainty. If there is an alphabet government agency involved, some goliath corporation stands to pull in a hefty profit. And the maddening tragedy? Consumers foot the bill with their long-term health.
Bottom line: If you have to eat at McDonald’s, stay away from McNasty McNuggets at least. And if you have to super size, double up with two healthy salads. And hold the Ranch.