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So What Really Is In A McDonald's Chicken McNugget?

 
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5-14-7
The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan is a fascinating book that details the changing eating habits of Americans. I can't recommend it highly enough. It explains how, over the last 30 years, we have become a nation that eats vast quantities of corn much more so than Mexicans, the original "corn people."


Most folks assume that a chicken nugget is just a piece of fried chicken, right? Wrong! Did you know, for example, that a McDonald's Chicken McNugget is 56% corn?


What else is in a McDonald's Chicken McNugget? Besides corn, and to a lesser extent, chicken, The Omnivore's Dilemma describes all of the thirty-eight ingredients that make up a McNugget one of which I'll bet you'll never guess. During this part of the book, the author has just ordered a meal from McDonald's with his family and taken one of the flyers available at McDonald's called "A Full Serving of Nutrition Facts: Choose the Best Meal for You."


These two paragraphs are taken directly from The Omnivore's Dilemma:


"The ingredients listed in the flyer suggest a lot of thought goes into a nugget, that and a lot of corn. Of the thirty-eight ingredients it takes to make a McNugget, I counted thirteen that can be derived from corn: the corn-fed chicken itself; modified cornstarch (to bind the pulverized chicken meat); mono-, tri-, and diglycerides (emulsifiers, which keep the fats and water from separating); dextrose; lecithin (another emulsifier); chicken broth (to restore some of the flavor that processing leeches out); yellow corn flour and more modified cornstarch (for the batter); cornstarch (a filler); vegetable shortening; partially hydrogenated corn oil; and citric acid as a preservative. A couple of other plants take part in the nugget: There's some wheat in the batter, and on any given day the hydrogenated oil could come from soybeans, canola, or cotton rather than corn, depending on the market price and availability.


According to the handout, McNuggets also contain several completely synthetic ingredients, quasiedible substances that ultimately come not from a corn or soybean field but form a petroleum refinery or chemical plant. These chemicals are what make modern processed food possible, by keeping the organic materials in them from going bad or looking strange after months in the freezer or on the road. Listed first are the "leavening agents": sodium aluminum phosphate, mono-calcium phosphate, sodium acid pyrophosphate, and calcium lactate. These are antioxidants added to keep the various animal and vegetable fats involved in a nugget from turning rancid. Then there are "anti-foaming agents" like dimethylpolysiloxene, added to the cooking oil to keep the starches from binding to air molecules, so as to produce foam during the fry. The problem is evidently grave enough to warrant adding a toxic chemical to the food: According to the Handbook of Food Additives, dimethylpolysiloxene is a suspected carcinogen and an established mutagen, tumorigen, and reproductive effector; it's also flammable.


But perhaps the most alarming ingredient in a Chicken McNugget is tertiary butylhydroquinone, or TBHQ, an antioxidant derived from petroleum that is either sprayed directly on the nugget or the inside of the box it comes in to "help preserve freshness." According to A Consumer's Dictionary of Food Additives, TBHQ is a form of butane (i.e. lighter fluid) the FDA allows processors to use sparingly in our food: It can comprise no more than 0.02 percent of the oil in a nugget. Which is probably just as well, considering that ingesting a single gram of TBHQ can cause "nausea, vomiting, ringing in the ears, delirium, a sense of suffocation, and collapse." Ingesting five grams of TBHQ can kill."


Bet you never thought that was in your chicken McNuggets! [link to www.rense.com]
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I wouldn't touch one of those nasty boogers with a ten foot pole!
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It's chicken spices ands some sort of filler. But they are tasty, if overpriced. I like Wendy's better. Tjose are all white meat, and 99 cents.
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It's chicken spices ands some sort of filler. But they are tasty, if overpriced. I like Wendy's better. Tjose are all white meat, and 99 cents.
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you're an idiot. You probably didn't even read the OP.
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Remember the South Park episode when they were puking at the mere mention of Arby's? Chick Fil-A is right there with 'em, too. Yeeccchhhhhhhh.
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I used to live above a McD's and I was an addict for a Quarter Pounder, Mc Nugs and large fries everyday.

I lived the 'SuperSize Me' movie!

but I got better ;)

I havent eaten there since... ???


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I wouldn't touch one of those nasty boogers with a ten foot pole!
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lmao
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regardless if you buy McDonald, chinesse or anyone's FRIED FOOD you might be just guessing what's in it.
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my mate works at an abatoir and he told me that they keep all the spunk from the horses and cows and that a well known food company uses it for a filler in said nuggets ,fact!
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dude fukin relax... its all chikin parts
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some questions are just better left unasked
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some questions are just better left unasked
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Yeah, I always kinda wondered what made up a chicken mcnugget. I probably could have lived the rest of my life without this information.

Especially the part about the horse and cow spunk.
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After the movie "super size me" came out in Oz the McDonalds chain here had to run adds using a spokesman from Inghams (their chicken supplier) stating that steroids are not used by Inghams and then another add stating that their nuggets contain chicken only, excluding the crumbed coating of course. That movie with the frankenfood that never aged was spooky. What is up with all those preservatives, my hubby got a loaf of bread when he was in the USA and it was still soft and mould free one week later, he threw it out and never touched the stuff again while he was there.
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"parts"
Well it seems so real I can see it
And it seems so real I can feel it
And it seems so real I can taste it
And it seems so real I can hear it
So why can't I touch it?
So why can't I touch it?


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Doubleplus good, this.
You know, I don’t think there’s a single piece of meat in this mcnugget.
Looks like meat. Tastes like meat.
It isn’t meat at all.
Doubleplus good.
Not like it, Smith?
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Lips and assholes.
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Even chicken lips and assholes in moderation is OK!
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Re: So What Really Is In A McDonald's Chicken McNugget?
Ground Chicken Beaks
Ground Chicken toes
Pulverized and chopped Chicken Asshole.
Misc Chicken Guts
several tablespoons of grease - MISC variety.
Enough salt and MSG to harden your arteries, give you a stroke and make you lightheaded for a month of two.

This lovely concoction is held together with a modicom of chicken feathers (crushed and pulveried by immigrant workers oops, I mean Undoccumented workers) who then add a bit of sterilized chicken feces to the mixture and then shape it by hand into turdish shaped lumps. The end result? Simple. It's chicken McNugget. Don't tell us it isn't all Chicken!
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nothin non toxic
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yummmm I'm going to go lick my horses spunk.
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Lips and assholes.
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Ground up chicken beaks and feet ! But its got chicken in it though ! :(
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Let us not forget that the "Golden Arches" of Mc Donalds are from none other than the Knights Templer.
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No, it is not a horror movie, it is the horror of reality and the 1984 world we live in today.

Little cardboard boxes with grimace, a burgler and evil clown,
for the kiddies, eating away at poisons in their early age.
And don't think I am kidding.

You are killing your children and you agree to it.

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One cannot become a mason for example except of his own free will.

The Devil and his minions know that they will never be punished as it is the foolish who do it all under "their own free will" which cannot be interferred with under cosmic law.

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Brought to you by the same company that served up triple thick shakes for years and notice no mention of dairy since they couldn't mention dairy if there wasn't any in it. The shakes were made from oil and sugar basically and they had to take the name milk out. There was much complaining from the public about how the shake stayed thick and nasty even when it was warm and McDonald's succumbed and started adding a little milk and less Crisco
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Brought to you by the same company that served up triple thick shakes for years and notice no mention of dairy since they couldn't mention dairy if there wasn't any in it. The shakes were made from oil and sugar basically and they had to take the name milk out. There was much complaining from the public about how the shake stayed thick and nasty even when it was warm and McDonald's succumbed and started adding a little milk and less Crisco
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lol, and the strawberry red food coloring is bugs..lmao
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Soylent yellow?
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This reminds me - has anyone ever eaten Soft Batch cookies? Isn't it pretty freaky the way a processed cookie that's been sitting in a bag for God knows how long is still "fresh" and "soft", like it just came out of an oven?

Can you imagine what sort of preservatives are in those suckers?
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I bet, I just bet anything,
that soylent green is already on the shelves.

It'll be under a different lable.

Nearly everything in film is a ritual telling you that they are doing this.

You tell yourself, it's only in the movies.
Thanks to Hollywood and the magic wand.

Insider said that %97 of the foods in stores are not eaten by the Illuminati.
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So What Really Is In A McDonald's Chicken McNugget?

well, depends what your definition of 'is' is..er, i mean 'mcnugget' is...well, here's connotations of 'nugget':

bon appetite...




Urban Dictionary

mc

nugget

1. G nugget 8 up, 22 down

using a Grenade to humiliate your oponents

I made the fuck swallow the G nugget
stuck'em with a G nugget


1. nugget 312 up, 115 down

A person with no arms or legs.

The nugget spent her days rolling down the street.


2. NUGGET 213 up, 53 down

a bud of marijuana (pot, weed, trees, etc.)

yo lets get some nugget and smoke it in a honey dutch.

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3. nugget 184 up, 53 down

the final product of the art known as "nuggeting". The nugget is a good way to humiliate your friends (or enemies) at school. The following steps should be followed when nuggeting:
1. Obtain the subject's backpack. Although seemingly simple, this step is one of the most difficult actions taken during the nuggeting process.
2. Carry the backpack (or have a recon specialist carry it for you) to a top secret location where the subject cannot see you (i.e. the back of the band room, gym, etc.)
3. Unzip the largest pocket of the backpack and remove all items from that pocket only.
4. Reach your hand into the bottom of the backpack and pull the inside out. After this step, the shoulder straps of the pack shoul be on the inside.
5. Replace all of the subject's belongings back into the flipped bag and zip the bag COMPLETELY. This step becomes increasingly difficult as the backpack has more crap in it; therefore i recommend nuggeting a bag with limited supplies in it. After the bag is zipped, the zipper-pull things should be on the inside of the bag and not visible.
6. You have created a nugget.
7. Put the nugget back where you originally took the pack and then get the hell out of there.
8. At the appropriate time (i.e. the end of a standard class period), watch from a safe distance as the subject returns to his backpack only to find it nuggetized. At this point, the subject has two options, they are as follows:
-. Unnugget his/her bag and proceed to his/her next class OR
-. Take the walk of shame. The walk of shame occurs when a nugget victim does not have sufficient time to unnugget his/her bag and must carry it through the halls to his/her next class. This is the preferred outcome of a nugget.
NOTES: It is essential that the nugget be performed quickly, as to minimize the chances of being caught in the middle of the act...nobody wants an unfinished nugget. It is also important to replace ALL belongings in the bag and to put the nugget back where you had found it. Godspeed.

Subject: Crap! I've been nuggeted!
Everybody Else: (Laughs)

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there's lots more for 'nugget' but i digress...
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Subject: Crap! I've been nuggeted!


this is what you'd call 'nuggetting for gold.'

or, 'nuggetizing.'

if you're the best in your field, you'd be the 'nugginator.'
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Hmmmmmmm...could it be...crap that morons eat??????? iamwith
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