McDonald’s: Ten Horrifying Ingredients That May Make You Sick
Most of us are aware – on a subconscious, if not at a conscious level – that fast food is bad for us. But according to a report, it’s far worse than we thought. A survey by Gallup once showed that 8 out of 10 Americans consume fast food once a month. Half of that number even confessed to eating it once a week at least. When it comes to fast food brands, McDonald seems to be the preferred choice for most people. Unfortunately, its food contains some toxic ingredients that are dangerous to your health. Here are 10 of them
- Silicone oil
Lovers of chicken nuggets regularly consume silicone oil or dimethylpolysiloxane. It is a type of synthetic material used for the production of lubricants, caulking, silly putty, and contact lenses. It was once used in breast implants though its use has decreased drastically due to safety concerns.
- Ammonium sulfate
This inorganic sold can also be used as fertilizer or a flame retardant. It is also an ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide. Sadly, you can also find it in a burger bun, which can cause nausea, diarrhea, hormone disruption, and irritation of the gastrointestinal tract.
TBHQ or Tertiary butylhydroquinone is a petroleum-based additive. It can be found in 18 McDonald’s product as well as various cosmetic products. Although the FDA has classified TBHQ as safe for consumption, long-term use can cause ADHD symptoms, damaged DNA, stomach cancer, and death.
This amino acid is synthesized from human hair or duck feathers. It is used mostly to flavor meat or to soften bread and pastries. Consuming cysteine-L can lead to rashes, fever, constipation, vomiting, diarrhea, low blood pressure, heartaches, and liver problems.
- Prescription drugs
Researchers from John Hopkins University discovered high levels of antidepressants as well as other prescription and over-the-counter banned drugs in chicken feed and chicken products. As McDonald doesn’t use organic chicken, it is very likely that their products contain trace levels of prescription antibiotics and medications.
- Propylene glycol
This compound is found in e-cigarettes, antifreeze, and fast foods. It can worsen allergies, cause damage to your central nervous system, and cause eye and skin conditions.
- Carminic acid
Carminic acid is a red food dye that is gotten from cochineal beetles. It gives fast foods their more vibrant and appealing color. Even though it is classified as a natural dye, FDA still required carmine and cochineal extract to be identified clearly as it can cause major allergic reactions.
Usuallyfound in cooking oils, McDonald’s uses it in the preparation of their French fries, chicken nuggets, and filet-o-fish. Apart from the cooking properties of this compound, it is also used in the production of polishes, breast implants, shampoos, contact lenses, cosmetics, heat resistant tiles, caulking, silly putty, and conditioners.
- Silicon dioxide
Also known as silica or industrial sand. It is used in the production of optical fibers, cement, and glass. It is also used in fast foods as it prevents meats and sauces from clumping together.
While cellulose can be naturally derived from wood pulp, it is still not an ideal ingredient for food. Cellulose is added to almost every fast food order to increase the volume. You can find it in cheese, strawberry syrup, muffins, salad dressing, and many others.