Saturday, December 8, 2007

The Next Time the Drive-Thru Looks Tempting

Chemical cocktail, anyone? Here are the ingredients in a Burger King chicken nugget. If this doesn't make your stomach turn, how about BK's unwillingness to toss an additional penny a pound toward tomatoes, a move taken by other mega-corporations in order to give migrant workers some more money. Scary when McDonalds looks like the good guy!

Dig in:

Chicken breasts with rib meat, Water, Salt, Monosodium Glutamate (MSG), Flavors, Chicken Fat, Propylene Glycol, Water, Sunflower Oil, Artificial Flavors, Sodium Lactate, Autolyzed Yeast Extract, Chicken Broth, Polysorbate 60, Polysorbate 80, Sodium Hydroxide, Medium Chain Triglycerides, Sodium Phosphate, Salt, Partially Hydrogenated Soybean & Cottonseed Oil, Papain, Chicken Powder, & Thiamine Hydrochloride, Flavoring. Breaded with: Bleached Wheat Flour, Enriched Wheat Flour (Enriched with Niacin, Ferrous Sulfate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Salt, Spice, Dextrose, Leavening (Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate, Sodium Bicarbonate) Onion Powder, Garlic Powder, Extractives of Paprika, Soybean Oil, set in Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil. Battered with: Water, Bleached Wheat Flour, Modified Corn Starch, Salt, Spices, Leavening (Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate, Sodium Bicarbonate), Soybean Oil, Onion Powder, Dextrin, Extractives of Paprika, Yellow 6, Red 40 Lake, Natural & Artificial Flavor (Including Butter Flavor), Lactic Acid, Not more than 2% Sodium Silico Aluminate added to prevent caking. Predusted With: Wheat Flour, Modified Corn Starch, Salt, Wheat Gluten, Spice, Extractives of Paprika, Soybean Oil, Onion Powder, Not More Than 2% Silicon Dioxide Added to Prevent Caking. Contains: Wheat.


Anonymous said...

from another mary
Oh, Mary, where did you get these ingredients! I look at packages at the grocery store and try to make out those first 2 or 3 ingrediants and if I can't, the item usually gets tossed back onto the shelf - you are so diligent! My husband wonders why my grocery trips take sooo long.

Mary said...

Hi Mary,

The ingredients are included in Jeremy Iggers' linked article about Burger King and the tomatoes. Personally, after watching the movie Fast Food Nation, I will never eat strange meat again. Let me clarify that for some of you: I mean, we get all of our meat from Otis Family Farm where the animals run free before they're slaughtered. They're fed whatever it is animals are supposed to eat (like hay and grass, I actually don't know) and there are no antibiotics. And I know Bob Otis. I can also eat meat from Mississippi Market or Whole Food or places where I have some sense of where the meat came from. But Fast Food Nation was so violent and do disturbing that I nearly threw up. The producers show us the food industry through the eyes of illegal immigrants, who have no rights, no insurance, no money. The ending, that combined rape and the 'kill' floor of a slaughter house, was so disturbing that the mere thought of meat makes me sick. Ugh. I won't ever go to BK or McDonalds again. Ever.