Health and Wellness Associates
What’s in Your Chicken Nuggets?
Do you ever think about what’s really inside your favorite chicken nugget?
Experts suggest that most of the ingredients that these tiny chicken bites
contain are used by industries and not in foods for human consumption. They
contain other ingredients that are distinctly unhealthy, reading about them
might make you reconsider your decision to eat chicken nuggets. Let’s have a
more detailed look into such ingredients:
According to the official McDonald’s website their chicken nuggets contain
soybean oil with TBHQ, citric acid for preservation, and dimethylpolysiloxane
as an anti-foaming agent. These ingredients are all chemicals that are
artificially synthesized for industrial use.
Dimethylpolysiloxane is a commonly used industrial agent in
preparation of sealants. It’s made of silicone and used as an anti-foaming
agent in caulking. It has various safety concerns associated with it. It is
also used in breast implants as a filler and an important component in Silly
TBHQ is a petroleum derivative which is added to perfumes
and oil field chemicals as a stabilizer. It can create tumors in the stomach.
In experiments conducted on lab animals it was found that these ingredients,
especially TBHQ, when given in high dosages cause severe damage to DNA. TBHQ is
also linked with carcinogenic effects in various studies. Other problems that
can be caused by TBHQ include nausea, vomiting, ringing in the ears, collapse,
delirium, and feelings of suffocation. It may also lead to liver damage and
McNuggets also contain sodium aluminum phosphate and baking powder. Research
has associated these ingredients with Alzheimer’s disease because of the
presence of aluminum. The soybean oil used to prepare chicken nuggets is
altered chemically to make it more stable and has been associated with numerous
Canola oil and corn oil are also some of the more harmful ingredients in
nuggets. These oils are extracted from some of the most widely genetically
modified crops. The oils are heated at very high temperatures during manufacturing
therefore cause inflammation and harm to the body.
Nuggets also contain ingredients like calcium sulphate which is used in plaster
of Paris, it’s certainly not something that should be used in food items.
Chicken nuggets do not decompose even after several days which makes it clear
these are not real food but processed chemicals. Decomposition of wholesome
real foods that promote health is inevitable. Studies find that only 50% of
McNuggets is actual chicken, the other half is made of sugars, corn derivatives,
synthetic ingredients, and leavening agents.
In an article by Dr. DeShazo and Dr. Bigler’s published in the American
Journal of Medicine, the authors looked into Chicken McNuggets under the
microscope and their findings were shocking. The majority of the nuggets are
FAT rather than lean muscles and this product contains substantial amount of
bone, intestine, skin, and nerve tissues.
The way of obtaining chicken by fast food giants has been highly debatable
and various concerns have been raised regarding their production of chicken and
ways of processing it. There are bitter truths associated with other fast foods
such as French fries and hamburgers.
It is quite disturbing to know that toxic oils, harmful chemicals and
genetically modified ingredients are part of chicken nuggets. All the
information mentioned above is only about nuggets. It doesn’t say a word about
the sauce that comes with it and its simple to make out how unhealthy they are.
No matter how much you like them you need to say goodbye to them if you want to
stay healthy and keep your children healthy.
Health and Wellness Associates
Dr P Carrothers
Director of Personalized Healthcare
Preventative and Restorative Medicine