Have there been times when you couldn’t add extras like mayo, mustard or catsup to your meal and wondered why it tasted like Playdough®? Maybe it’s because one of the many ingredients in Chicken McNuggets, that you can’t pronounce, is also found in Silly Putty. Did you ever ask yourself what’s in a McNugget or other fast food? Let’s take a look at what is in a McNugget?
A CNN “investigation”, which amounted to reading the label , found McNuggets contains dimethylpolysiloxane. If you look that tongue twister up you’ll find it’s “an antifoaming agent,” dimethylpolysiloxane is also used in Silly Putty and common cosmetics.
If that was the only item hard to articulate in McNuggets it might be possible to be educated and still look the other way, but wait…McNuggets also contain a petroleum-derived preservative called tertiary butylhydroquinone, also known as tBHQ. A single gram of tBHQ can cause nausea, vomiting, delirium, ringing in the ears, the sensation of suffocating and collapse. And you thought MSG was the only thing you needed to look out for that causes those symptoms.
Health officials claim these ingredients are safe if you eat them in the small amounts used in food preparations like Chicken McNuggets. But, how many other fast fake foods contain the same ingredients and how often do you eat them, or anything, in small amounts. Besides, do you know how little one gram really is?
Apparently, fast food gourmands (that’s a pig in a tuxedo) in the US prefer their McNuggets flavored, or is tainted the correct word, with cosmetics and Silly Putty. CNN found those additives aren’t used at British McDonald’s locations and no riots demanding the additives have happened over there. McDonald’s says the difference is due to local tastes. Hmmm, makes you wonder, or does it ?
But, not to be outdone by some upstart fast food burrito or pizza, a McNugget contains thirty seven ingredients in the chicken and breaded coating. Is it really chicken and bread or could they be more aptly called chemical transport systems. It might be appropriate to note the vegetable oil used to cook the chemical lunch contains seven ingredients. If fast food can be considered a wonder of modern technology, we need to add the word “chemical” to make it fact.
Considering chicken, what does “natural chicken” really mean? If you buy the standard American supermarket chicken, here’s what the USDA says is natural. Supermarket chickens can be plumped up, otherwise known as injected, with sodium, water, broth and other solutions. The plumping up parts can be as high as 15% and the chicken can still be considered “Natural.” Personally, I’ve yet to see a chicken injecting itself with any of those ingredients nor have I heard of them being natural ingredients of chicken.
The good news is: the USDA is considering changing the rules that would disallow “plumping” and natural chicken would be exactly that. But, don’t bet your McNuggets on that one until you see it.
If the birds in your pot are free-range chickens from small farms, you don’t have to worry about it unless Monsanto, their cronies and congress have their way.
Congress, thanks to big AgriBiz perks and their lobbyists, has been trying to make it illegal for anyone to grow their own food, even in your backyard garden. Can I really mean that or am I making it up? If you’re interested, check out senate bill S:510 and you can do it here: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=s111-510. S in front of a bill stands for senate, HR stands for house of representatives and the HR version has already passed. A lot of people won’t bother to look and would rather have someone else be in charge of their life. That way their not responsible for the outcome, can blame it all on someone else and hope that someone will take care of them when they get sick.
If you’re interested enough to take a short break from the latest episode of American Idol or the bad news from half way around the world, take a few moments to do an Internet search for The Natural Solutions Foundation website. I don’t have room here to cover all the slight of hand, slippery back room moves and deals that are involved in writing a bill so that it doesn’t smell like last week’s natural chicken. A lot of the same people who are sponsoring S:510 are the same ones who want to see your Second Amendment rights taken away. If any of them, or others who sign on, are in your voting district, the best thing you can do come this November is vote for someone else. Why would they do both? If you can control the food, you can easily control the people and authority is about being in control. Thomas Jefferson said armed citizens can protect themselves from an oppressive government.