Would you like a side of ‘pink slime’ with that?
Amongst the fast good rumors I’m sure you’ve all heard at least once is that McDonald’ hamburgers contain cow eyeballs! Whilst this has not (yet) been proven, we do know that their Hot Apple Pies contain l-cysteine – an ingredient commonly sourced from duck feathers! And it got us thinking, what other ‘foods’ are we consuming without realizing it. Here, we let you in on the top four ingredients listed in fast food…
1. Duck Feathers and Human Hair (l-cysteine)
So you thought duck feathers sounded gross? How about HUMAN HAIR! These are the two most common sources l-cysteine, an amino acid used to enhance the stretchiness of dough. Although human hair was originally the primary source, The Vegetarian Resource Group announced that l-cysteine is now mainly derived from feathers (80%). McDonald’s admitted that the l-cysteine used in its Baked Hot Apple Pie, Wheat Roll and Warm Cinnamon Roll was from duck-feathers and many other fast-food chains rely on the additive in their bakery products too!
2. Beetle Juices (Carminic Acid, Confectioner’s Glaze)
FDA approved artificial food dyes include colors made from petroleum derivatives and coal tar, but there are some “natural” food colorants that you may not want to digest… Carminic acid! This is often used as a red food coloring that comes from the crushed, dried bodies of female scale insects called cochineal! Yes you read that correctly, ‘beetle juice’! It is used in a variety of products such as sausages, poultry, cookies, toppings, icings, fillings, jams and sauces. The squashed bug is known as Cochineal, Cochineal Extract, Carmine, Crimson Lake, Natural Red 4, C.I. 75470 and E120, so remember to keep your eyes peeled and your food organic!
3. Silly Putty Plastic (Dimethylpolysiloxane)
We’ve been saying it all along, if you can’t pronounce it then don’t it eat! Eight-syllable ingredients make sense for Silly Putty, but French Fries and Burgers? I don’t think so! Dimethylpolysiloxane is the secret ingredient used by McDonald’s and Wendy’s to stop the fryer oil foaming. Filet-O-Fish, French Fries and “Natural-Cut Fries With Sea Salt” are all guilty, and most fast-food items that are bathed in a deep-fat fryer are saturated with a hint of dimethylpolysiloxane. Again this is marked as non-adverse by The World Health Organization but really? Just try saying it out loud!
4. Pink Slime (Mechanically Separated Meat)
Those of you who like our fan page at Facebook will be more than familiar with the “pink smile” that can be seen in the picture to right. Mechanically separated meat (MSM) is guilty for a number of processed products which include hot dogs, salami, burgers and chicken nuggets. Some fast-food restaurants are known for employing pink slime, however McDonald’s recently made clear that it no longer uses it in its burgers. A victory for TV Chef Jamie Oliver!
You Only Live Once So Make The Right Choices!
You’ve heard the facts and seen the ingredients so now it’s time to take action! All of the above ingredients are “Generally Recognized As Safe”, GRAS, by the FDA when looked at individually, but over a lifetime of fast food snacking is it any wonder that we are living in a world plagued by obesity, diabetes and cancer? Make the smarter choice because you are what you eat!
To read the full report and find more information on these shocking ingredients visit: 8 creepy mystery ingredients in fast food Remember to always consult a licensed healthcare practitioner before embarking on any treatment, it’s your health and it’s IMPORTANT. Disclaimer
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