Oh no! I let my kids enjoy McDonald’s chicken nuggets sometimes! It’s back to Whole Foods to stock up on lots of Bell & Evans!
It wasn’t as if I thought McDonald’s was healthy….but I thought that their chicken nuggets were harmless. A McDonalds Chicken McNugget is 56% corn (that’s not what worries me…I just thought that was interesting!) and contains several completely synthetic ingredients, quasiedible substances that ultimately come not from a corn or soybean field but form a petroleum refinery or chemical plant. Yuck!
AND…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.”