Skip the McNuggets give the kids beef at McDonald’s

Chicken McNuggets from McDonald's

Chicken McNuggets from McDonald's

I have never understood the fascination children have for chicken nuggets.  Granted they are easy finger food but they taste so processed.  At a recent dinner party the children were served pre-made frozen chicken nuggets and fries.  Simone took one bite of the nugget and put it down. Before I could insist that she try another bite, I took a bite myself to see how it tasted.  It was blah!  I put it down myself!

It got me thinking about McDonald’s Chicken Nuggets as I see so many children eating these McNuggets. Did you know that the McNuggets approximately contain 50% chicken meat (according to their website), the rest of it is fillers, preservatives, chicken skin, and ofcourse corn and its by products?  Did you also know that Mcnuggets contain MSG masked as “autolyzed yeast extract”?

Look at the ingredient list(I have condensed it but the full list is here):

Chicken McNuggets®:
White boneless chicken, water, food starch-modified, salt, seasoning (autolyzed yeast extract, salt, wheat starch, natural flavoring (botanical source), safflower oil, dextrose, citric acid, rosemary), sodium phosphates, seasoning (canola oil, mono- and diglycerides, extractives of rosemary). Battered and breaded with: water, enriched flour (bleached wheat flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), yellow corn flour, food starch-modified, salt, leavening (baking soda, sodium acid pyrophosphate, sodium aluminum phosphate, monocalcium phosphate, calcium lactate), spices, wheat starch, whey, corn starch. Prepared in vegetable oil (Canola oil, corn oil, soybean oil, hydrogenated soybean oil with TBHQ and citric acid added to preserve freshness). Dimethylpolysiloxane added as an antifoaming agent.

I never say that you should not eat any product, even fast food. Maybe Chicken McNuggets make sense once in a very long while, and McDonald’s is a great option if your kids are hungry, but McDonald’s does have other food options.  Their burgers are 100% beef, with no fillers and no extenders, and have only salt and pepper. So why not just give the kids burgers instead of 50% chicken that you get in chicken nuggets. Better yet, maybe McDonald’s can come up with e-coli free mini burgers with cute characters on the bun for kids using 100% beef.

Just  food for thought…

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  1. Michelle says:

    Came across this article by Rashmi in a search and just wanted to comment on how McDonalds has quit putting that pink slime in their 100% beef burgers. I have come to believe that it might be safer if we all grow and raise our on foods so that we will actually know all the ingredients.

  2. Rashmi says:

    Hi Michelle — thanks for sharing. Yes McDonalds stopped that slime earlier this month but there are still additives in the burgers. I am with you on wanting to grow my own food. The more I learn about the food production in the US, the more I want to start planting and raising my own food.

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