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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 17-time book author and board-certified doctor of 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 her new book The Probiotic Promise. 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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5:25AM PST on Feb 23, 2015

Kathy, it can be messy. I'm sure the grandkids would love to help you make them. Cut up chicken. have three plates ready- flour, egg, beaten with salt and pepper and breadcrumbs.Coat meat in each. Fry or bake. It really doesn't take long.

10:25PM PST on Feb 15, 2015

Unbelievable! So gross!

8:10AM PST on Feb 5, 2015

Not ants!

6:09AM PST on Dec 28, 2014

Unbelieveable ! My grandchildren love them,they only have them as a treat......not anymore.

9:42PM PST on Dec 27, 2014

Gross! Thank you for sharing!

5:42AM PST on Dec 16, 2014

Thank s for sharing

12:42AM PST on Dec 11, 2014


3:01PM PST on Dec 10, 2014

On any ingredient list the items are listed from the most to the least. If the ingredients in McDonalds restaurant menu is disturbing to most people who are posting here, then I suggest you simply buy seeds and grow your own food as all processed foods have ingredients just as daunting as McDonalds. From processed hams to breakfast cereal all have questionable ingredients and are processed under questionable processes. I'm 66 and still in fairly reasonable health and a few McDonalds McNuggets have sickened me yet.

7:57AM PST on Dec 3, 2014

დ╮ THANK YOU for your time and for posting! ╭დ
YUCK! I never go to McDonald's!!

11:01AM PST on Nov 22, 2014

I thought they'd be bad!

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