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?