I stumbled on this in another blog, then had to go look for it myself. This yahoo article has a link to the original news post, but also has some other common chemicals found in food. That pink paste picture we’ve all been seeing of the chicken nugget production is really the “pink slime” they’ve created of “mechanically separated meat” treated with ammonium hydroxide. The article states that it is part of the production of mechanically separated meat. Can you say “hot dogs”? Do you still think that our government is taking care of the safety of our food and that anything you buy off the shelf or in a supermarket is safe? Can you imagine the board meeting where they decided this was a good idea? “Hey guys, we can use the scraps off the floor if we soak them in disinfectant first. This will up our profit margin two points. The FDA approved it after we reminded them what would happen to the American economy if we don’t grow.” What kind of corporate culture creates a aura where this is considerate a good way to treat customers?
Here is a list of what is in a Big Mac, from McDonalds website: Big Mac®:
100% Beef Patty, Big Mac Bun, Pasteurized Process American Cheese, Big Mac Sauce, Lettuce, Pickle Slices, Onions. Sounds ok, right? What is the bun made of? Processed cheese has a number of chemicals, what are they?
Here is the same list I got from “Vegan World News”
Enriched flour (bleached wheat flour, malted barley flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamin mononitrate riboflavin, folic acid, enzymes), water, high fructose corn syrup, sugar Lettuce, Pickle Slices, Onions, minced beef and fat, Vegetarian Cheddar (51%), Water, Butter, Vegetarian Cheese (9%), Whey Powder, Milk Proteins, Emulsifying Salts (Trisodium Citrate, Citric Acid), Natural Cheese Flavouring, Salt, Preservative (Sorbic Acid), Colour (Natural Carotenes, Paprika Extract), Anti-caking Agent (Soya Lecithin)., soybean oil and/or partially hydrog- enated soybean oil, Salt, calcium sulfate, calcium carbonate, wheat gluten, ammonium sulfate, ammonium chloride, sodium stearoyl lactylate , datem, ascorbic acid, Azodicarbonamide, mono- and diglycerides, ethoxylated monoglycerides , monocalcium phosphate enzymes, guar gum, calcium peroxide, soy flour, calcium propionate (preservative), sodium propionate , soy lecithin, sesame seed., oil, diced pickles, high fructose corn syrup , sugar, vinegar, corn syrup, salt, calcium chloride, xanthan gum, potassium sorbate, spice extractives, polysorbate 80, distilled vinegar, water, egg yolks, high fructose corn syrup, onion powder, mustard seed, salt, spices, propylene glycol alginate, sodium benzoate (preservative), mustard bran, sugar,garlic powder, Mono Sodium glutamate, caramel colour, extractives of paprika, soy lecithin, turmeric, calcium disodium EDTA
I can’t verify that their list is accurate, but it does demonstrate the difference of “full disclosure”. If you doubt the real list of ingredients is that long, just check out your average loaf of bread. Try Hawaiian Punch.
Repeat after me: “Eat real food.” Please! If it takes too long, see some of my articles on making it easier, but also, if it that hard to make your own food, how much time are you watching tv/on the computer/playing video games. Turn them off and get in the kitchen. Sounds counter intuitive, doesn’t it?