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Disgusting Ingredients in McDonald’s Burgers

Mustard—”vinegar, water, mustard seed, salt, turmeric, spices.”  Again, we have no way of knowing whether “spices” contain MSG, which is a well-established excitotoxin (contrary to what some comments on my other articles have indicated).  Excitotoxins are just what they sound like:  toxic chemicals that literally excite brain and nervous system cells until they die off.  Here are a couple examples for the skeptics: A study in the journal Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology found that MSG significantly increased fibromyalgia pain. Scientists concluded “dietary glutamate may be contributing to FM (fibromyalgia) symptoms in some patients.”  Another study in the journal Brain Research found that giving MSG to animals caused them to have seizures.

Onions—dehydrated onions.  Is it too much to ask that they use fresh onions that actually have some nutritional value?

Pickle Slices—include “cucumbers, water, distilled vinegar, salt, calcium chloride, potassium sorbate, potassium aluminum sulphate, natural flavors (plant source), polysorbate 80, extractives of turmeric (color).”  Some of these ingredients are fairly obvious.  Potassium sorbate has been shown in human studies to be both genotoxic and mutagenic. That means it damages the genetic material and can cause mutations linked to disease.  Polysorbate 80 is a suspected carcinogen. Turmeric is a spice.

Regular Bun—”enriched wheat flour, water, sugar and/or glucose-fructose, yeast, vegetable oil (soybean and/or canola), salt, calcium sulphate, calcium propionate, monoglycerides, enzymes, azodicarbonamide, and may contain any or all of the following in varying proportions: diacetyl tartaric acid esters of mono and diglycerides, BHT, sodium stearoyl-2-lactylate, wheat starch, calcium peroxide, wheat gluten, inactive yeast, sorbitol, dextrin, malted barley flour, ascorbic acid, citric acid, calcium stearate, calcium iodate, silicon dioxide.” Whew! Considering that bread can be made with flour and water (not even yeast is essential since true sourdoughs don’t need it), that’s a disturbing number of ingredients–28 possible ingredients just in the bun!

More about the bun ingredients:

BHT—a known neurotoxin (substance that is toxic to the brain and nervous system), a hormone disruptor, immune system toxin, and irritant to the skin, eyes, and lungs.

Diacetyl tartaric acid esters of mono and diglycerides (DATEM)—This is a synthetically-created “stabilizing ingredient” that is usually made from vegetable oils but can also contain animal fat like pork.

Sodium stearoyl-2-lactylate—not much is really known about the safety of this ingredient.  Since it can be sourced from dairy products, there is a potential risk of allergy for those with dairy allergies.

Most of the other ingredients are widely-used in food processing even though there is little research on their long-term and cumulative effects.

The more I research MickeyD’s food, the more I’m definitely NOT lovin’ it!  What about you?  Are you lovin’ it?

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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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4:37AM PDT on Jun 7, 2015

Ew. Its just.. Ew.. who eats that crap anyway

4:15PM PDT on May 30, 2015

thanks

9:57AM PDT on May 27, 2015

Cook and eat at home. Who knows what is in our food anymore when you go out to eat.

9:38PM PDT on May 25, 2015

Ever since I saw Morgan Spurlock's "Super Size Me" I haven't eaten at McDonalds. Never really made it a habit to eat there even before. Thinking about their so called "food" makes me queasy.

7:38PM PDT on May 25, 2015

Thanks for sharing. As a teen, on the opposite of my peers, I always avoided fast food. And the fellas were like, "ur sooo weeeird gal". Yah, go enjoy your meat n' poop.

6:40PM 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 !!

6:39PM 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 !!

6:39PM 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 !!

6:39PM 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 !!

6:39PM 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 !!

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