We all know that fast food is unhealthy, full of fat and calories, in addition to everything else, but have you taken the time to really look at what is in those chicken nuggets most of us are guilty of having at some point in our lives?
Fast food chicken is definitely not your mothers fried chicken. Fast food chicken contains dimethylpolysiloxane, an anti-foaming agent made of silicone that is also used in Silly Putty and cosmetics.
It also has 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.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, they also contain 13 other corn-derived ingredients, and you’re only about twenty shy as many ingredients as a single chicken nugget from McDonald’s. Still not convinced? Try adding pulverized chicken skin and mechanically reclaimed meat for your chicken, to the ingredients list.
Millions of Americans consume these ingredients in Chicken McNuggets, which McDonalds claims are “made with white meat, wrapped up in a crisp tempura batter,” each day. 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.
Scariest perhaps is the fact that this recipe is a new and improved, “healthier” Chicken McNugget launched in 2003. Even worse is that these are specially targeted to children due to their fun shapes and sizes.
You can break the unhealthy fast food habit: educate yourself about the true ingredients of fast food items, plan ahead for your meals, carry healthy snacks like nuts to ward off hunger and cook healthy chicken recipes at home. Convince yourself that fast food is the most disgusting stuff on the planet and is harmful to you and to those you love. After reading this, that shouldn’t be too hard.