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25 Ingredients in McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets

-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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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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