What’s in your Chicken Nugget?

chicken mcnuggets in their natural habitat

Organic Authority has a post called What’s in Fast Food Chicken? (Hint: It’s not chicken)

It talks about how fast food nuggets are full of crap. I knew this but never knew it was this gross.

It list McDonald’s nugget ingredients but the sad part is this is a new and improved nugget since a Judge ordered it changed in 2003.

Here’s some quotes from their post:

Frying chicken is fairly simple, if a little messy. You dip pieces of chicken into a mix of egg and milk, roll them around in flour and spices, then cook the chicken in sizzling hot oil until the pieces are brown, crispy and delicious.

But wait! Don’t forget to add a dash of dimethylpolysiloxane, an anti-foaming agent made of silicone that is also used in Silly Putty and cosmetics.

Now add a heaping spoonful of tertiary butylhydroquinone (TBHQ), which is a chemical preservative and a form of butane (AKA lighter fluid). One gram of TBHQ can cause “nausea, vomiting, ringing in the ears, delirium, a sense of suffocation, and collapse,” according to A Consumer’s Dictionary of Food Additives. Five grams of TBHQ can kill you.

Chicken only accounts for about 50% of a Chicken McNugget. The other 50% includes a large percentage of corn derivatives, sugars, leavening agents and other completely synthetic ingredients, meaning that parts of the nugget do not come from a field or farm at all. They come from a petroleum plant. Hungry?

Full ingredient list for a Chicken McNugget (from McDonald’s website):

(click the tiny word that says nutrition if you go to their site. These ingredients pop up.)

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.

Full ingredient list for my mother’s fried chicken:

Bone-in chicken pieces, egg, milk, flour, canola oil, salt & pepper.

Photo credit: Chargrillkiller

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One thought on “What’s in your Chicken Nugget?

  1. We stopped eating fast food and most processed mumbo-jumbo over a year ago. I was “awoken” by the film Food Inc and gave up meat as well. People need to educate themselves on what is IN their food!!! My kids were ticked off at first but now they understand, and are on board, with this way of eating!

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