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25 Ingredients in McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets

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25 Ingredients in McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets

Have you ever wondered what’s in McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets?  You might be surprised to learn that they contain a whopping 25 ingredients…and that’s assuming you don’t use any dipping sauces!  According to the ingredients list from McDonald’s own website, here is what they contain:

-Chicken breast—At least they’re made with chicken.  To be honest, I was wondering about that.

-Water—Not much to say about that one.

-Modified corn starch—Corn starch is almost always genetically-modified.  But that’s not what the “modified” in “modified corn starch” refers to.  It usually refers to chemically- or enzymatically-treated corn starch, which can leave chemical residues behind. Additionally, it often contains monosodium glutamate (MSG), which I’ll discuss further in a minute.

-Salt—That’s fairly straightforward.

-”Seasoning”—Seasoning contains yeast extract (that almost always contains the neurotoxin MSG which has been linked to a whole host of diseases.  Read the excellent book Excitotoxins: The Taste that Kills by Russell L. Blaylock, a neurosurgeon and MSG researcher, to learn more about the health problems linked to MSG), more salt, wheat starch (a processed food that contains just the starchy part of the wheat, “natural flavor” (more likelihood of toxic MSG), safflower oil, dextrose, citric acid, and rosemary.

-Safflower oil—Believed to be a healthier cooking oil, most safflower is unfortunately heated to high temperatures long before it is ever used for cooking, causing it to be chemically-altered from the heat, and a source of inflammation in the body when that is the case.

-Dextrose—a type of sugar.

-Citric acid—used as a preservative.

-”Natural extractives of rosemary”—this could be any number of ingredients found within rosemary, the health of which is determined largely by the process of extraction and whether any chemicals are used in this process.

-Breaded with:  water, wheat flower, yellow corn flower, modified corn starch, spices, salt, baking powder, sodium aluminum phosphate, dextrose, wheat starch, corn starch, modified hydrogenated soybean oil

Yellow corn flower and modified corn starch—both of these ingredients are derived from corn which is now almost 100% genetically-modified (GM).  GM foods have been linked to sterility, allergies, infant mortality, organ defects, and childhood diseases.  Check out my article Top 20 Frankenfoods to Avoid for more information.

-”Spices”—This could be any number of ingredients.  It often used by the food industry to disguise MSG.

Keep reading.  The worst is yet to come…

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Michelle Schoffro Cook

Michelle Schoffro Cook, MSc, RNCP, ROHP, DNM, PhD is an international best-selling and 15-time book author and doctor of traditional natural medicine, whose works include: 60 Seconds to Slim, Weekend Wonder Detox, Healing Recipes, The Vitality Diet, Allergy-Proof, Arthritis-Proof, Total Body Detox, The Life Force Diet, The Ultimate pH Solution, The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan, and The Phytozyme Cure. Subscribe to her free e-magazine World's Healthiest News at to receive monthly health news, tips, recipes and more. Follow her on Twitter @mschoffrocook and Facebook.


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11:01AM PST on Nov 22, 2014

I thought they'd be bad!

8:46AM PST on Nov 21, 2014

Bleahhh:-(. Puah :-/

9:05AM PST on Nov 10, 2014

disgusting !!!

2:24AM PDT on Oct 19, 2014

Chicken nuggets no after reading about the fries think I stay clear from that place in the furture

9:53PM PDT on Oct 17, 2014


5:09AM PDT on Oct 17, 2014

We quit eating at McNastys a few years ago. I have heard about this before and it is all over youtube. I have also heard recently that they have identified the DNA of HUMAN meat in McNasty burgers. My family will NEVER eat there again!! simply disgusting!!

1:46PM PDT on Oct 14, 2014

Never had a McNugget. Don't think anyone who is a good parent would ever let their kid/s eat these.

9:41PM PDT on Oct 8, 2014

I try to steer clear of fast food as much as possible

3:20AM PDT on Oct 6, 2014

I have never been in a McDonald's yet!

1:27AM PDT on Oct 5, 2014

The last two leave you wondering why you would visit McDonald's in the first place. . .

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