Next time you drive toward those Golden Arches, think about this: McDonald’s has one of the worst reputations of any fast food restaurants. There are numerous reasons, but in this article, we’re going to look at the inclusion in their recipes of ten very unappetizing ingredients.
Here they are:
1. Ammonium Sulfate
Ammonium sulfate is an inorganic salt, most often used in fertilizer. It also used in flame retardant and in Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer. It causes hormone disruption.
2. Silicone Oil
Silicone oil is used in making contact lenses, and in caulking, lubricants and silly putty. It is non-biodegradable, and manufacturers have cut back on its use in breast implants because of safety concerns. It has been found to harm marine life – but McDonald’s uses it in their chicken nuggets.
This four-letter acronym is the name of a chemical used in cosmetics, lacquers and resins. The FDA says it is safe to eat in small quantities, but studies have shown it can aggravate ADHD symptoms and stomach cancer, and it damages DNA.
4. Propylene Glycol
This is the chemical that makes antifreeze absorb water. It can cause depression of the central nervous system, and it aggravates eye conditions, skin conditions and allergies.
5. Carminic Acid
Carminic acid is a substance produced by insects to deter predators. The insects are used in food processing as a coloring agent; approximately 70,000 of them are killed, crushed and soaked in alcohol to produce a pound of dye. This colorant has been tied to asthma, diarrhea and other health conditions.
Cellulose is processed wood pulp, used in cheese, salad dressing, muffins, and strawberry syrup, among other foods. It is often present in low-carb food products.
7. Industrial Sand
Also known as silica, this sand is used to make glass, optical fibers and cement. In industrial settings, workers wear hazmat suits and masks, as it is dangerous to breathe. McDonald’s puts it in their meat to prevent clumping.
This amino acid is synthesized from human hair and duck feathers. McDonald’s uses it to flavor meat and soften breads and pastries. It is implicated in vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, rashes, fever, headache, drowsiness, low blood pressure and liver disorders.
9. Prescription Medications
Chicken feed has an alarming amount of prescription medication, including antidepressants and even some banned drugs. A Johns Hopkins University study shown many of these end up in chicken products from fast food restaurants.
This chemical is used in silly putty and breast implants. One of its components is formaldehyde, which is a known carcinogen.