Chicken McCancer

I happened to stumble upon a McDonald’s document listing its ingredients for its popular menu items –

and out of curiosity, I scanned what “Chicken McNuggets” consisted of. To my surprise, the official company document proudly listed the following:
  • “autolyzed yeast extract” – contains free glutamate similar to, and a replacement for, MSG.
  • sodium phosphates – linked to kidney diseases.
  • sodium aluminum phosphate – linked to Alzheimer’s disease.
  • “hydrogenated soybean oil” – contains toxic trans-fatty acids, far more damaging to the heart than any other fat.
  • TBHQ – a petroleum derivative used as a stabilizer in perfumes, resins, varnishes, and oil field chemicals; linked to stomach tumors and DNA damage.
  • “Dimethylpolysiloxane added as an antifoaming agent” – a type of silicone used in caulks and sealants; a filler for breast implants; a key ingredient in “Silly Putty”, a brand of silicone polymers, a children’s toy.
  • HFCS in its barbecue sauce – linked to the deadliest type of cancer, PANCREATIC CANCER.
I would strongly advise those who are McDonald’s regulars to carefully review the ingredients contained in their respective menu favorites, if only to be aware of what they’re ordering and ingesting into their bodies.


“The ingredients listed in the flyer suggest a lot of thought goes into a nugget, that and a lot of corn. Of the thirty-eight ingredients it takes to make a McNugget, I counted thirteen that can be derived from corn: the corn-fed chicken itself; modified cornstarch (to bind the pulverized chicken meat); mono-, tri-, and diglycerides (emulsifiers, which keep the fats and water from separating); dextrose; lecithin (another emulsifier); chicken broth (to restore some of the flavor that processing leeches out); yellow corn flour and more modified cornstarch (for the batter); cornstarch (a filler); vegetable shortening; partially hydrogenated corn oil; and citric acid as a preservative. A couple of other plants take part in the nugget: There’s some wheat in the batter, and on any given day the hydrogenated oil could come from soybeans, canola, or cotton rather than corn, depending on the market price and availability.

According to the handout, McNuggets also contain several completely synthetic ingredients, quasiedible substances that ultimately come not from a corn or soybean field but form a petroleum refinery or chemical plant. These chemicals are what make modern processed food possible, by keeping the organic materials in them from going bad or looking strange after months in the freezer or on the road. Listed first are the “leavening agents”: sodium aluminum phosphate, mono-calcium phosphate, sodium acid pyrophosphate, and calcium lactate. These are antioxidants added to keep the various animal and vegetable fats involved in a nugget from turning rancid. Then there are “anti-foaming agents” like dimethylpolysiloxene, added to the cooking oil to keep the starches from binding to air molecules, so as to produce foam during the fry. The problem is evidently grave enough to warrant adding a toxic chemical to the food: According to the Handbook of Food Additives, dimethylpolysiloxene is a suspected carcinogen and an established mutagen, tumorigen, and reproductive effector; it’s also flammable.

But perhaps the most alarming ingredient in a Chicken McNugget is tertiary butylhydroquinone, or TBHQ, an antioxidant derived from petroleum that is either sprayed directly on the nugget or the inside of the box it comes in to “help preserve freshness.” According to A Consumer’s Dictionary of Food Additives, TBHQ is a form of butane (i.e. lighter fluid) the FDA allows processors to use sparingly in our food: It can comprise no more than 0.02 percent of the oil in a nugget. Which is probably just as well, considering that ingesting a single gram of TBHQ can cause “nausea, vomiting, ringing in the ears, delirium, a sense of suffocation, and collapse.” Ingesting five grams of TBHQ can kill.”

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6 Responses to “Chicken McCancer”

  1. Me says:

    I may have shown you this before, and you may have posted it already.

    Dr Lustig: Sugar: The Bitter Truth.

    Sugar – sucralose – and High-Fructose Corn Syrup is linked to diabetes. In many ways a similar pathology to alcohol.

    Given a choice between sugar soda and aspartame sweetened one I’d probably go for the sugar one, but I’d limit my consumption.

  2. Tapestry says:

    just cut them all out. it’s not difficult. mineral water still or natural fruits. why die over sugar?

  3. Me says:

    I don’t drink tea or coffee so I primarily take in sugar through a can of Pepsi. Next is chocolate. Then cakes.

    I’ll work on further cutting down consumption of sugar. I agree that’s important.

    BTW, here is something else I’ve stumbled upon. Comet Elenin, discovered December 2010, has been in an Earth-Sun alignment twice since it has been close within the last two years… the first two times it has happened has been met with disaster on Earth.

    First there was the Feb 27th, 2010 8.8 magnitude Earthquake near Chile. Second time was (actually three days from alignment) on March 11, 2011 – the Japan Earthquake.

    I’m not so convinced Elenin is a brown dwarf star. So I’m not going to mention that, and all that would entail. Leonid Elenin debunks that idea.

    However, I’m more open-minded about the possible geological contribution, through magnetic fields.

    Is there a relationship between the conjunctions of comet Elenin and earthquakes on Earth? Answer is: not really (if you ask me). EXCEPT that Elenin-Earth-Sun alignment occurred at the time of the largest two quakes that have hit Earth within the last two years.

    Yep, smallest possible sample size, N=2. Even so, that’s a pretty neat coincidence, if it is just a coincidence.

    What if you believe it is not a coincidence?

    Next Elenin-Earth-Sun alignment is Nov 23rd, 2011.

    Before then, on September 26th, 2011, when Elenin is between Earth and the Sun, there will be a once-in-multiple-thousand-years Earth-Elenin-Sun alignment.

    Elenin-Earth-Sun will align again – much further away this time – 27th December, 2012.

    Here are the illustrative charts in the form of an animated gif (10 seconds per frame).

    Another interesting date from an observer’s perspective is late October when Elenin will be visible and probably send a spectacular amount of dust into our atmosphere) as the Earth transits through Elenin’s path.

    (Feel free to post any of this, in your own words or ignore!)

  4. Tapestry says:

    Fructose stops the absorption of vitamins through the gut. Try to avoid it. Use muscovado only as your sugar. It’s available.

    Re chocolate, get chocolate direct from the growers before the industry gets hold of it and separates the butters from the cocoa. You don’t need sugar added at all as it is delicious, except muscovado if you like. I buy it in the Philippines from the farmer and bring a stash with me each time I travel. It’s health enhancing, not health damaging.

    Thanks about the planet stuff. It’s outside my area I think. There’s good stuff to watch on youtube on newly released synthetic lifeforms, produced by Dr Craig Ventor’s team. Vaccines next year will be synthetically designed, and could ensure your immune system stops working…..making us far more dependent on medical intervention to survive. If only I could understand half of these things ….

  5. Anonymous says:

    McDonald’s around here doesn’t quite have the same ingredients in their nuggets, no TBHQ, autolyzed yeast extract, hydrogenated soybean oil or HFCS. Thought I’d point out that sodium aluminium phosphate is used in baking powder, you’re gonna get that in a massive amount of products. From some quick research, it is a relatively modern ingredient in baking powder and is not necessarily required.

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