Just when you thought McNuggets couldn’t get more disgusting

July 25th, 2010  |  Published in Stumpblog  |  7 Comments

From CNN Health:

All McDonald’s nuggets are not created equal.

U.S. McNuggets not only contain more calories and fat than their British counterparts, but also chemicals not found across the Atlantic.

CNN investigated the differences after receiving a blog comment asking about them.

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, “an anti-foaming agent” also used in Silly Putty.


  1. Trishy says:

    July 25th, 2010at 7:20 am(#)

    Ha! I’ve always said that one of the reasons I don’t eat processed food is that I have no desire to consume the same chemicals that are on my lab bench.

  2. Raikha says:

    July 25th, 2010at 2:44 pm(#)

    From the article: “As a general rule, though, she advocates not eating any food with an ingredient you can’t pronounce.”

    I don’t know about this, I think a much more helpful general rule would be, “If you don’t know what it is, look it up.” It’s not as if it’s hard to do; Wikipedia is a surprisingly useful resource in this case. And avoidance of the unknown just breeds ignorance.

  3. Sarah says:

    July 26th, 2010at 8:51 pm(#)

    The point is that food additives in general are at best inert and at worst actively harmful. Moreover, foods that contain additives are highly processed and lacking the nutrients that would be better provided by something you *can* pronounce, like beef or cabbage, so the presence of a food additive is a strong clue that the item in question is Not Good. I think what is being advocated here is not ignorance so much as innocence – being untouched by these things by not consuming them.

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  5. Kara says:

    September 28th, 2010at 10:02 pm(#)

    Just so you know, processed food isn’t terrible for you because it’s processed; It’s terrible because it’s cheap ingredients stretched out with fillers like corn or wheat type products. That’s because the companies are selling these as PRODUCTS to be bought and maximize profit, not FOOD to be eaten and enjoyed.

    Secondly, a lot of the things we use in manufacturing for construction, toys, make up, etc. sometimes don’t even come from “synthetic” sources. Many emulsifiers used to replace oils in low fat foods are from lotus beans or from a certain type of algae. Some food colourings are taken from natural sources, like a certain bug, when dried and crushed into powder, creates the most common red food dye. Many other food colouring comes from synthesizing coal, the stuff we use to bbq our meat. Funnily enough, hydrochloric acid that is used in manufacturing and chemical reactions is created by our stomach to digest foods. Many, if not the vast majority, of other food additives can be made from natural sources.

    A lot of food additives also exist to keep us safe. Cured meats need nitrates in them because it’s the only substance we know of that will stop botulism from growing past the spore stage and excreting toxins that can kill us within the day of consuming infected meat.

    It’s cool if you want to eat fresh produce and meats as often as possible; It’s a good idea to. However, having a basic understanding about why these things are in our foods and identifying them and their uses rather than screaming ” OH GOD THIS SALT HAS “SODIUM CHLORIDE” IN IT, TELL EVERYONE THE SHADY MEN IN TRENCH COATS ARE POISONING US!!!”

    (if you didn’t know, NaCl, or sodium chloride, is the chemical makeup of table salt!)

  6. Mistress Krista says:

    September 29th, 2010at 8:27 am(#)

    @Kara — thank heaven you posted! I quit drinking water three days ago because of all the hydrogen! Boy do I feel silly now! :)

    Seriously, I love your point about how manufacturers view food as a product, not something that nourishes us.

  7. Kara says:

    September 29th, 2010at 8:27 pm(#)

    @Mistress Krista
    Be careful! You drink some H20 with an extra O in there, it’s actually acid! Let’s swear off breathing too, since there’s so much nasty nitrogen in the air! :)

    If you’re interested in that sort of food science, BBC just finished airing a 3 part documentary called “E-numbers”. I had to find a download but the minute the dvds come out I am buying a copy. Here’s the link to the “sweeteners” episode synopsis page. Wish I could give you more (legal sources) than that!


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