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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 WorldsHealthiestDiet.com to receive monthly health news, tips, recipes and more. Follow her on Twitter @mschoffrocook and Facebook.

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11:48AM PDT on Jul 29, 2015

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

8:43PM PDT on Jun 14, 2015

YIKES !!!

6:43PM PDT on May 25, 2015

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 !!

6:42PM PDT on May 25, 2015

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 !!

6:42PM PDT on May 25, 2015

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 !!

6:42PM PDT on May 25, 2015

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 !!

6:41PM PDT on May 25, 2015

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 !!

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!

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