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…-Baking powder and sodium aluminum phosphate—Both ingredients contain aluminum, a metal that University of Toronto researchers linked to Alzheimer’s disease incidence. Sodium aluminum phosphate is a food additive that is used for leavening.

-Cooked in vegetable oil (a blend of canola, corn, soybean, and hydrogenated soybean oils) with added TBHQ, citric acid and dimethylpolysiloxane.

-Modified hydrogenated soybean oil—This oil has been chemically-altered to be more “stable” but has been linked to heart disease.

-Vegetable oil for frying, which is a blend of 7 ingredients, including:  canola oil, corn oil, soybean oil, hydrogenated soybean oil with tert-butylhydroquinone (TBHQ), citric acid, and dimethylpolysiloxane.

-Canola, corn and soybean oils are derived from three of the most widely genetically-modified crops on the planet.  These oils are typically heated to high temperatures during extraction and manufacturing, causing the oils to be inflammatory and harmful to the body.

-TBHQ is a petroleum-based, butane-like (yes, that’s lighter fluid!) ingredient used as a preservative.  It has been linked to asthma, skin conditions, hormone disruption, and in long-term animal studies to cancer and damage to DNA.  It is disturbing to me that this ingredient is allowed in food.

-Dimethylpolysiloxane– used as an anti-foaming agent, this industrial chemical is typically used in caulking and sealants and comes with a list of safety concerns.  It’s best reserved for industrial sealants than for food.

McDonald’s can keep its industrial chemicals, toxic oils, and genetically-modified ingredients. I think I’ll pass on the nuggets. Be sure to check out my article Shocking Ingredients in McDonald’s French Fries.

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290 comments

Keekee B.
Keekee B.8 months ago

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Keekee B.
Keekee B.8 months ago

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Dominik S.
Dominik S.9 months ago

Here is the problem: the article just mis-presents one big brand McDonalds. The "chemicals" which are inside of a nugget, is pretty much in ALL processed food - yes also the chicken nuggets out of the freezer isle of your local supermarket.

I don't say here, that you should eat at McD, or that it is healthy. But the article [like many around] just is total bull. I am carefully about MSG - but hell - Mono Sodium Glutamate is a natural substance in the most delicious [and natural] things, like tomatoes, like parmesan cheese, like mushrooms! It is isolated - but not at all different in a chicken mcnuggets! The problem is here, that you should be reasonable... If you eat potato chips, McD food, and I don't know what processed food, you just might eat 1.5 or 2 times more MSG as in a normal diet. But even though - studies suggest, that there are NO health issues at all, even if you consume a much higher dose than it is actually possible. Lab rats which were fed MSG in high doses had no differences than the control group - only when it was injected (!!!) in them, they tend to become more obese and had further health issues. Well - I don't think, that there are many people, who take their chicken nuggets intravenous!

But the biggest problem here is, that the brand McD is just mis-presented! Check out the ingredients of Chick-a-fil sandwiches - one brand, which is the darling of quick serve restaurants. The publicly available ingredient list shows the same ingredients [chemicals

Donna Davis
Donna Davis10 months ago

YIKES !!!

Laurie Mazzeo
Laurie Mazzeo11 months ago

what is Cash R. doing on this site ??
he is so obviously working for McDonalds ...we the people who care are not impressed with your statistics ...Anything that lasts 14 years without decay!! cannot be considered food ...let alone healthy so stick your stats where the sun don't shine and I for one pray that people will see the light and stop eating this chemical trash worldwide !!

Laurie Mazzeo
Laurie Mazzeo11 months ago

what is Cash R. doing on this site ??
he is so obviously working for McDonalds ...we the people who care are not impressed with your statistics ...Anything that lasts 14 years without decay!! cannot be considered food ...let alone healthy so stick your stats where the sun don't shine and I for one pray that people will see the light and stop eating this chemical trash worldwide !!

Laurie Mazzeo
Laurie Mazzeo11 months ago

what is Cash R. doing on this site ??
he is so obviously working for McDonalds ...we the people who care are not impressed with your statistics ...Anything that lasts 14 years without decay!! cannot be considered food ...let alone healthy so stick your stats where the sun don't shine and I for one pray that people will see the light and stop eating this chemical trash worldwide !!

Laurie Mazzeo
Laurie Mazzeo11 months ago

what is Cash R. doing on this site ??
he is so obviously working for McDonalds ...we the people who care are not impressed with your statistics ...Anything that lasts 14 years without decay!! cannot be considered food ...let alone healthy so stick your stats where the sun don't shine and I for one pray that people will see the light and stop eating this chemical trash worldwide !!

Laurie Mazzeo
Laurie Mazzeo11 months ago

what is Cash R. doing on this site ??
he is so obviously working for McDonalds ...we the people who care are not impressed with your statistics ...Anything that lasts 14 years without decay!! cannot be considered food ...let alone healthy so stick your stats where the sun don't shine and I for one pray that people will see the light and stop eating this chemical trash worldwide !!

Magdalen B.
Magdalenb B.about a year ago

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.