What ever happened to our food just containing FOOD???
According to a recent article on CNN.com, McDonald’s chicken McNuggets (why do I feel the need to put caps on that word?) contain some stunning ingredients in addition to the “all white meat chicken”.
Ever heard of dimethylpolysiloxane? No? What about Silly Putty? Well, if you chow down on some Putty, not only would be gross, you’d also be ingesting one of the nugg’s ingredients.
But let’s not stop there. Does tertiary butylhydroquinone (tBHQ) ring a bell? Does nothing for you, right? Me neither. Don’t worry, if you get a big enough dose, you’ll never forget it.
“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.’”
I don't know about you, but I love having a sense of suffocation when I scarf down a meal.
This blog post was originally published on 99problems.org. Sean Gardner is the National Operations Director of the League of Young Voters Education Fund, based out of Brooklyn, New York.