Thursday, September 9, 2010

WTF Files: Would you like some Silly Putty with those fries?


In case you were thinking that food in the United States couldn't possibly be less healthy, McDonald's is on the scene to prove you wrong. CNN reports that McDonald's restaurants in the United States put petroleum products in their popular chicken McNuggets. That's right, Texas Tea in your McNuggets!

"CNN has revealed that the fast-food chain makes this popular menu item with the chemical preservative tBHQ, tertiary butylhydroquinone, a petroleum-based product. McNuggets also contain dimethylpolysiloxane, an anti-foaming agent also used in Silly Putty."




Yep, the same stuff they put in Silly Putty. But eating a little Silly Putty never hurt anyone, right?

Apparently Mickey D's only puts these petroleum products in McNuggets in the United States.

"McDonald's says the differences are based on the local tastes: In the United States, McNuggets are coated and then cooked, in the United Kingdom, they are cooked and then coated. As a result, the British McNuggets absorb less oil and have less fat.

Dimethylpolysiloxane is used as a matter of safety to keep the oil from foaming, [Lisa McComb, who handles global media relations for McDonald's,] says. The chemical is a form of silicone also used in cosmetics and Silly Putty. A review of animal studies by The World Health Organization found no adverse health effects associated with dimethylpolysiloxane.

TBHQ is a preservative for vegetable oils and animal fats, limited to .02 percent of the oil in the nugget. One gram (one-thirtieth of an ounce) can cause "nausea, vomiting, ringing in the ears, delirium, a sense of suffocation, and collapse," according to "A Consumer's Dictionary of Food Additives."

Aren't you glad you live in the U.S.!


12 comments:

BigmacInPittsburgh said...

So if we eat this garbage in droves everyday it won't be long before the chemicals are in our system doing damage.
I have come to believe that the types of foods brought to our community is part of our problem as a culture,we don't even have a slight clue as to what we are being feed!
Behaviors have been proven to be a by-product of the foods we eat.

Val said...

@BigMac

"Behaviors have been proven to be a by-product of the foods we eat."

And that's especially true for kids.

Citizen Ojo said...

yuck!!

Val said...

@CO

Yeah, no McNuggets for me!

Moet With Medusa said...

Just damn!

I think I need to learn about organic farming. After seeing Food Inc., I'll never look at the food industry the same again.

nachalooman said...

These companies are making fools of us!! I think they purposely choose these products just to say "fuck you" to us--sort of the way a server might spit in your food before serving it to you if she doesn't like your attitude or something.
To add insult to injury, those things are expensive! I been stopped going to Mickey D's and seldom eat at fast food joints anymore. Soon it will be never.

I don't miss it.
Anna Renee

Val said...

@Jason

Food, Inc. def changed my view of food.

Val said...

@Anna Renee

I think you're right. And the government barely regulates what we eat so they can get away with it.

Don said...

i had read about this on Twitter and finally understood why McNuggets resembled the taste of cardboard, the one and only time i've ever eaten them. i never understood why people eat those nasty McNuggets. thanks for looking out on me w/ full page comments, Val. mad respect.

Val said...

@Don

Lol, yeah they do taste like oily cardboard.

No problem, I figured it may have had to do with pop-up settings.

Beauty and Health Editor said...
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Val said...

@Beauty and Health Editor

You are SO right about cold McDonald's fries tasting like cardboard. And the funny thing is that homemade fries can be eaten after they cool down and don't taste like that. So that makes one wonder what the heck McDonald's does to their fries.

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Alicia says...

Rest in Peace Mitrice

Rest in Peace Mitrice
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