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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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1:32AM PDT on Jul 10, 2014

Can't imagine why anyone would want to eat the C..P

7:26AM PDT on Mar 27, 2014

There is no part of a chicken called a "nugget" this alone should send you running the other way.

5:06AM PDT on Mar 19, 2014

Thank you

5:31AM PST on Feb 19, 2014

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5:29AM PST on Feb 19, 2014

Not surprised - I can't imagine why anyone would eat them anyway - yuk!

8:37PM PST on Feb 7, 2014

Not surprised...

8:25AM PST on Feb 3, 2014

Thanks for the info.

8:15AM PST on Jan 19, 2014

Can't remember last time I had a McNugget... or maybe that's just the effect of the brain-chemistry-altering chemicals kicking in.

7:21PM PST on Jan 15, 2014

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