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Disgusting Ingredients in McDonald’s Burgers

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Disgusting Ingredients in McDonald’s Burgers

If you’ve been following my “Not Lovin’ It” series on ingredients in McDonald’s foods, you’ve already seen some disgusting and shocking ingredients in McNuggets and French fries. Many people contacted me to ask “what’s in those burgers?” I have to admit, even though I haven’t eaten a McDonald’s burger in many years, I too have wondered what’s in them.  Before I share information from McDonald’s own ingredient lists, let’s consider the processing of their burgers.

There’s been a tremendous amount of controversy over McDonald’s burgers since celebrity chef Jamie Oliver demonstrated how meat scraps and sinew are spun in a centrifuge and “washed” with ammonium hydroxide, which has also become known as ”Pink Slime.“ This chemical is used in fertilizers and cleaning products.  According to Oliver it is used in 70 percent of ground beef in the United States but does not require inclusion on ingredient lists because the US Department of Agriculture classifies it as a “process” not an “ingredient” even though residues of this process are left behind in the meat consumed. He says, ”Basically, were taking a product that would be sold in the cheapest way for dogs, and after this process, is being given to human beings.

Recently, McDonald’s announced that “we made a decision to discontinue the use of ammonia-treated beef in our hamburgers.” But, there is no way to know if it is still in use at McDonald’s, other than to trust McDonald’s to do what it says.  As an aside, McDonald’s reportedly never used pink slime-treated beef in the UK and Ireland, but was comfortable including it in North American burgers.

Before you decide whether you want to trust McDonald’s let’s take a look at ingredients in their burgers (according to the company’s own website) along with some information I’d like to share about these ingredients.

Here are the burger ingredients:

Beef Patty—according to the corporation, it is using 100 percent pure beef.  The moniker “100% pure” actually means nothing.  It may or not be pure. We really don’t know for sure whether McDonald’s is using Pink Slime in its processes and whether its beef is among the 70 percent of ground beef in North America that contains Pink Slime.

Grill Seasoning contains “salt, spice (pepper), sunflower oil (‘as a processing aid’).”  Most sunflower oil used in commercial processes has been heated to extreme temperatures prior to use. This process denatures the oil, causing it to become inflammatory when consumed.

Ketchup—contains “tomato paste (made from fresh ripe tomatoes), liquid sugar, white vinegar, salt, onion powder, and spices.” Liquid sugar is usually high fructose corn syrup which is almost always from genetically-modified corn and has been linked to obesity.  “Spices” can actually mean any number of ingredients, including herbs, but it can also include monosodium glutamate (MSG), which is commonly found in most fast, processed, and even restaurant foods.  Monosodium glutamate is frequently used in laboratories to create obese animals for testing.  Here’s an example of this practice. And another.

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7:37AM PDT on Sep 10, 2014

Comments posted seem to be more informative than the article. Anyway, I'm totally confused, but I don't eat at fast food places anyway, because they are too expensive.

7:05AM PDT on Sep 10, 2014

Hey, more fun facts. It is NOT true that all finely textured beef is "washed" with ammonium hydroxide. There are two processing methods, and one of them includes using citric acid (so, more scary stuff, don't you dare eat that orange, do you know how much citric acid is in that sucker?) for the same purpose. What purpose you might ask? To kill potentially harmful bacteria, without using antibiotics. Slightly increasing the acidic level in the beef makes it so the bacteria can't live.

Oh, the evilness of such a process!

For all you gullible ones who want to hear another side to this propaganda promulgated by hate-filled idiots, visit

Get the truth!

And if you don't want to eat fast food, fine, that's your deal. But stop libeling good people who work hard to earn a living, and harm no one in doing so. On the other hand, the idiot who does this website has helped put a thousnad people out of work because of the plant closings where finely textured beef protein was produced. Personally I think she should be held to account, and required to support all those families.

6:52AM PDT on Sep 10, 2014

Let's see, would y ou dig your organically raised onion out of the ground and use it to eat? There is one third more ammonium hydroxide in your organic, fresh from the dirt onion than there is in mickey d's beef. (269ppm for the onion, 200 for the beef).

Ammonium hydroxide is a naturally occuring compound that shows up in such dangerous food as grapefruit (166 ppm). This is ignorant propaganda that you write. You just don't like successful people, or successful corporations. Your ilk has already put a thousand innocent, decent people out of work who produced the finely textured beef protein. They are not guilty of poisoning anyone, unless you believe that your organic onion is poison. I'll bet you even eat organic cheddar cheese. My Lord, there are 1,100 ppm of ammonium hydroxide in cheddar cheese! Regular ground beef still has 101 ppm.

What finely textured beef is, is a great way to create less waste when an animal is harvested for consumption. It creates leaner beef, for those who want to avoid excess fat. It is not the bogeyman that your too tightly sphinctered brains imagine it to be. You folks are nuts.

6:39AM PDT on Sep 10, 2014

There's more crap in this so called article than what they claom is in a Mickey D's hamburger. Crawl back under your rock you food nazi creeps.

5:48PM PDT on Aug 27, 2014

I do agree that Mcdonalds puts a lot of junk in their burgers, but I wish this article had more facts... For example
"We really don’t know for sure whether McDonald’s is using Pink Slime in its processes and whether its beef is among the 70 percent of ground beef in North America that contains Pink Slime."

Renz Andrew Bugtong

2:11PM PDT on Aug 22, 2014

I do stop at McDonald's when I travel, but only to use the restroom. They generally keep their restrooms very clean...

3:43PM PDT on Jul 27, 2014

Thank you for this post! I haven't eaten at McDonalds since I saw the movie "Super Size Me" 10 years ago! Like the majority of the population STILL believes, I believed back then that fast food was fattening, but I didn't know it was FAKE food, Frankenfood, or the more technical term: A food-like product. Please go to Youtube and type in "Jamie Oliver VS Fast Food, Food Revolution, Pink Slime, McDonald's". There is sugar in everything they sell, from the salad dressing to the buns, to the meat. Sugar is ten times more addictive than heroin (not a joke), which is WHY people keep eating more and more of it. Even milk now has 4 tablespoons of added sugar!! Please buy ORGANIC! People spend hundreds of dollars on the newest cell phone or the nicest car, but they don't want to spend a few dollars more on what they put inside of their bodies??? They get the oil changed in their car but want to throw garbage into their bodies? The good news? People are slllooowwwlllyy starting to wake the hell up, because for the 1st time - Mc Donalds isn't doing so well - woooo hoooo!!! Do us and our health a favor and GO AWAY for good!!

8:28PM PDT on May 29, 2014

Thank you very much for the info. I will never eat fast food from McDonald's again.

12:29PM PDT on May 21, 2014

Earmarks, political payoffs, and underhanded deals! Gotta love America! Keep Voting!!

4:41AM PDT on Apr 15, 2014


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