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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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12:38PM PDT on Sep 21, 2014

Can't believe I used to almost live on fast food - but that's many years ago. Now I never eat any of it including and especially McDonalds - their hamburgers taste gross!

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!!

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