Tuesday, September 25, 2012

What is in my Big Mac?

I know that there are secret ingredients in our food, in America.  It should be no secret.  But what is a secret is the amount of in-depth information that has to be given to the people.  My in-laws frequently order salads from McDonalds.  They offer salads, within all of their high fat and high calorie foods to appear that they care about the customer.  But, its a trick. There is a glaze on the South West Chicken salad with corn syrup, sugar and high fructose corn syrup in it.  So, you may think you are being healthy, but you are not.

What are you eating today?  What about, a big Mac, large fries and large Coke.  What could possibly be bad in this when they say on the commercials that the hamburgers are made with 100% natural beef?

Well, according to the company website, you are getting these in your Big Mac:
Big Mac®:
100% Beef Patty, Big Mac Bun, Pasteurized Process American Cheese, Big Mac Sauce, Lettuce, Pickle Slices, Onions

Seems fair enough, right? Well, let us break this down further. Or, would you be happy and content with the above description?  (I have highlighted all high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup or sugar so you get an idea of where the calories come from.)

* The 100% beef patty has 100% beef in it.  They claim that they don't use fillers or even binders so I am guessing that they get freshly ground beef and use that.

* Your Big Mac Bun has "Enriched flour (bleached wheat flour, malted barley flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), water, high fructose corn syrup and/or sugar,
soybean oil and/or canola oil, contains 2% or less of the following: salt, calcium sulfate, calcium carbonate, wheat gluten, ammonium sulfate, ammonium chloride,
dough conditioners (may contain one or more of the following: sodium stearoyl lactylate, datem, ascorbic acid, azodicarbonamide, mono- and diglycerides,
ethoxylated monoglycerides, monocalcium phosphate, enzymes, guar gum, calcium peroxide), calcium propionate and/or sodium propionate (preservatives), soy
lecithin, sesame seed." 

Ammonium Sulfate is commonly used as a soil fertilizer and ammonium chloride is commonly used as the nitrogen source is fertilizers.  So, every time you eat your bun, you are eating fertilizer...nice.

* Pasteurized Process American Cheese has "Milk, water, milkfat, cheese culture, sodium citrate, salt, citric acid, sorbic acid (preservative), sodium phosphate, color added, lactic acid, acetic acid, enzymes, soy
lecithin (added for slice separation)."    So, no one can provide cheese, made from milk?

* Big Mac Sauce has Soybean oil, pickle relish [diced pickles, high fructose corn syrup, sugar, vinegar, corn syrup, salt, calcium chloride, xanthan gum, potassium sorbate (preservative),
spice extractives, polysorbate 80], distilled vinegar, water, egg yolks, high fructose corn syrup, onion powder, mustard seed, salt, spices, propylene glycol alginate,
sodium benzoate (preservative), mustard bran, sugar, garlic powder, vegetable protein (hydrolyzed corn, soy and wheat), caramel color, extractives of paprika, soy
lecithin, turmeric (color), calcium disodium EDTA (protect flavor). 

* Lettuce.  This is probably the only thing on the menu that doesn't have an additive.  Why should it, after all?  I have had sandwiches with crisp lettuce and I have had sandwiches with wilted lettuce.  I don't think they care how it is.

* Pickle Slices have Cucumbers, water, distilled vinegar, salt, calcium chloride, sodium benzoate (preservative), natural flavors (plant source), polysorbate 80, extractives of turmeric
(color).   I believe that the polysorbate 80 is used to keep the pickles from becoming mushy over time.

* Onions have chopped onions.

So, you can find everything you need here:  http://nutrition.mcdonalds.com/getnutrition/ingredientslist.pdf

It is interesting to see what exactly is in your food.  But, that was just the sandwich.  What about the French Fries: Potatoes, vegetable oil (canola oil, hydrogenated soybean oil, natural beef flavor [wheat and milk derivatives]*, citric acid [preservative]), dextrose, sodium acid
pyrophosphate (maintain color), salt. 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.

What about the Coke?  Coca-Cola Classic:
Carbonated water, high fructose corn syrup, caramel color, phosphoric acid, natural flavors (vegetable source), caffeine

My advise: stop eating mcdonalds.  I'm working on it now.

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