Monday, July 30, 2012

Whats really in those chicken nuggets?


I'm sitting in my favorite chair watching the gymnastics portion of the Olympics. I'm usually not a big sports fan but during the olympics I watch the gymnastics, womens diving, rhythmic gymnastics & the equestrian portion.

Earlier this year the "pink slime" debacle hit the news. Finely textured beef that was made from tendons & other undesirable parts of a cow to be put into our ground beef. Its been in there for years but just came into the spot light this year. This debacle has been blamed for many meat processing plants closing & jobs lost. My husband just went thru a 5 month period of unemployment so I don't wish that on anyone but I don't agree with the "pink slime" being added into our food. Ground beef should be just that - ground beef, from the part of the cow it should be coming from.

At the same time, another scandal came out that was quickly buried & you have to remind people about it. Chicken nuggets......these are a popular item that are served at McDonald's & in school lunches. I USED to buy them as a quick dinner once in awhile BUT after hearing about this, I threw the rest of them away.

Lets take a look at some of the ingredients -

Sodium Phosphates: Used in some products as a laxative, but is mainly used as a texturizer and emulsifier which stops all the nasty oils from separating within the nugget.

Dimethylpolysiloxane: this is an "antifoaming agent" that is an oil derivative made from silicon. It keeps the fryers from foaming up & boiling over. It's also put in shampoos & used in the making of contact lenses.

TBHQ: An alarming ingredient. A derivative of petroleum. The same stuff you put in your car. It'sprayed on the nugget directly or into the box to preserve freshness. It is also a form of butane-lighter fluid. Bcause a single gram of TBHQ can cause "nausea, vomiting, ringing in the ears, delirium, a sense of suffocation, and collapse," so they must not use to much of it Eating 5 grams of TBHQ can kill.

Hydrogenated Soybean Oil: If you are at all concerned about yours or your family's health, you should avoid any product that contains hydrogenated or even worse partially hydrogenated (trans fat) oils. Thats right, hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils are trans fat. Think they removed trans fat from our foods, think again. (I'm looking into this for a future blog article)

Sodium Aluminum Phosphate: Is a new product to the food industry and hasn't been thoroughly tested. Although aluminum has been widely researched to cause Alzheimers and dementia. Sodium aluminum phosphate is also used in eye drops & pesticides.

Modified Food Starch: This is cornstarch that has been chemically altered & added to the nugget to help glue everything together.

Autolyzed Yeast Extract: Is a less expensive form of MSG. MSG is that nasty addictive stuff that keeps you coming back for more and has been reported to cause numerous health concerns such as severe allergies, cancer & heart disease.

Ready to dive into some chicken nuggets? Run away as fast as you can.

Until next time,

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