Friday, March 16, 2012
The change was mostly made possible by Jamie Oliver, a celebrity chef who has recently gone on a campaign against the fast food giant. After heavily publicizing the fact that McDonald’s was using the ‘pink slime’ treated with ammonium hydroxide, food activists began to take action. However, the change does not mean that McDonald’s food choices are much better for you — in fact, they are still very damaging to your health. Oliver himself explains:
“Basically, we’re taking a product that would be sold at the cheapest form for dogs and after this process we can give it to humans,” said the TV chef.
A History of McDonald’s Additives
This is not the only known additive in McDonald’s food items that has sparked controversy. It was previously revealed that McDonald’s McNuggets contain a similarly-disturbing ingredient, helping to establish the reputation of worst food item on the planet. You would think that the ingredients for chicken nuggets would consist of bread and chicken, perhaps a bit of seasoning for flavor.
In contrast, McNuggets contain 7 different ingredients, many of which contain sub-ingredients. Among these include substances that make up the ‘meat’ of the McNuggets. Instead of using real meat, the ingredient list calls for sodium phosphate, safflower oil, wheat starch, dextrose, and a particularly dangerous substance known as autolyzed yeast extract. Autolyzed yeast extract is similar to MSG, an artificial sweetener that has been linked to obesity and other health conditions.
What’s more, McNuggets contain a whole other list of threatening ingredients like dimethylpolysiloxane. A type of silicone used in breast implants and silly putty. Dimethylpolysiloxane is used as an anti-foaming agent in the nuggets.
It is quite clear that even while ignoring the pink slime scrap meat from McDonald’s food items, these synthetic meal items are still a very real threat to your overall wellness. You can view Oliver’s video covering the pink slime below: