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McDonalds fast food: toxic ingredients include putty and cosmetic petrochemicals

Desptite healthier-looking menu options, McDonalds foods still contain toxic synthetic ingredients, high sugars, and trans-fats
Desptite healthier-looking menu options, McDonalds foods still contain toxic synthetic ingredients, high sugars, and trans-fats

Every mouthful of McDonalds meal contains a handful of chemicals that raise 'bad' cholesterol levels, increase diabetes risk, lower immunity, and damage DNA. In fact fast food contains so many harmful ingredients that I wouldn't even feed it to a pet because it would be cruel.

When you go to the fast-food drive-through, you are:

  • paying to harm your own health;
  • your children's health;
  • reducing your quality of life because the toxicity of eating synthetic chemicals will trigger illness;
  • put more money into the hands of the medical insurance companies.

Still lovin' it?

Heard it before? Well despite the illusion of a gradual switch to a healthier menu containing salads and smoothies, McDonald's line-up still contains nasty health-eroding chemicals: trans-fats, high levels of sugar, artificial sweeteners, petro-chemicals, and high-fructose corn syrup. The kids meals and salads also contain frightening ingredients and high levels of sugar.

Having perused their menus and nutritional information for their meals, it's incredible what synthetic chemicals they add to salads, chicken meals, burgers, and even to their drinks. Did you know that many of their foods and drinks contain tertiary butylhydroquinone (TBHQ), a chemical preservative that is so deadly that just five grams is fatal? One gram of TBHQ can cause nausea, vomiting, ringing in the ears, delirium, a sense of suffocation, and collapse.

McDonald's foods still contain trans-fats, in addition to a whole host of synthetic chemicals to produce a taste which they deliberately engineer to be addictive, so you spend more money with them according to investigations by Eric Schlosser in his book Fast Food Nation.

Trans Fat Lie

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration decided that a food can contain trans-fats and that the amount doesn't have to be listed on the ingredient or nutrition list, providing the amount is not more than half a gram. Many burgers, shakes, and breakfast meals contain trans-fats. The problems with these oils is that they induce free radical damage in the body, which leads to artery damage, DNA damage, and oxidation of cholesterol, a.k.a. 'bad cholesterol'. You are getting this with every mouthful.

Almost all foods on McDonald's menu contain hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils, that are also harmful to the body because they damage your tissues and raise your 'bad' cholesterol. Did you know that if a food manufacturer's food contains less than 0.5g of trans-fats then it doesn't have to legally list trans-fats on the label?

Here is just one example of what McDonalds put in their foods. The unhealthful ingredients in McDonalds' Chicken nuggets (straight from the McDonalds' web site) include:

  • sodium phosphates;
  • bleached wheat flour (nutrients removed);
  • food starch-modified (likely genetically-modified);
  • dextrose (sugar);
  • partially hydrogenated soybean oil and cottonseed oil with mono-and diglycerides, (trans fats);
  • Prepared in vegetable oil (Canola oil, corn oil, soybean oil, hydrogenated soybean oil) (trans fats);
  • TBHQ, tertiary butylhydroquinone, a petroleium dervived product;
  • Dimethylpolysiloxane added as an antifoaming agent (a form of silicone used in cosmetics, and Silly Putty).

Look for yourself
Download this nutritional information chart. It's a long PDF document of all their menu items. Find the foods you buy in the left column, and see how much trans-fats, and sugars are in them. THEN, visit McDonald's web site, select the foods you eat, click on the nutrition link, and scroll down to the ingredients list. If you can't pronounce any of the ingredients and don't know what they are then is it wise to eat them? This is a choice only you can make, but give your kids a choice too.

Pay now and later

I'm not just picking on McDonald's here. Visit the web sites of KFC, Wendy's, and the other companies. Their foods contain the same harmful chemicals that age you and leave your wallet and body feeling empty inside within an hour of finishing the meal. Does this make sense from a financial standpoint? What about from a health perspective? If you buy fast food, you'll pay now (with your money) and also later (with your health).

Why do I say that feeding fast food to a carnivorous pet would be cruel? Humans have a choice about what to eat, even if the choice is sometimes limited by finances, location, or time availability. When it comes to their food, pets rely on us making the best choice for them and trust that the food we put down for them is safe. If they don't like it, they'd leave it. The sweetness, aroma, and fat content however make fast food as appealing to pets as it would to humans, and feeding them food containing toxic ingredients would be cruel in my view.

Still got to have your fast food fix?
Even though I don't recommend fast food for my clients, if you've got to have it, then you may as well get the best. Evos is an up-and-coming franchise in several states that tend to use higher quality produce than the regular fast food chains, although just like the other companies, their shakes are high in sugar, and some foods are high in salt.


  • Branden Mikal 4 years ago

    Interesting article here. Very informative. I'm definitely going to watch what I eat now. This is down right awful. Silicone? is that even necessary for our found?

  • Anonymous 3 years ago

    very good disgusting creeps they make themselves look good by giving money to kids who are sick and just think they make hundreds more with the crap in their food.

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    Andree Gisele SUDDOO 3 years ago

    Guess even ginger will not cover all toxic chemicals! And you’re still wonder where are cancers, ADHD triggered by? It's really time to close all fast food restaurants that are after all big corporations working for profit only and get back to home cooking meals or small fresh food family restaurants.

  • Azure'RaMorganna 2 years ago

    I have family that cannot eat wheat anymore. They have cut out bread and pastries as much as possible. But looking at the ingredients for FRIES, they can't even eat that; there is wheat in it. They can't eat the chicken because of the breading and it contains added yeast.

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    If you ever start looking at the "real" food you eat alot of it contains the very same ingredients as the fast food stuff--go ahead prove me wrong--read your labels if you dare

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    I think it's worthy to mention that it is a fact that over 90% of soybean corn and canola (oil) in the US IS in fact genetically modified.

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    that is why you should just shop your own food and buy organic.

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    Unfortunately, the whole country is subject to bad health as of years ago, if we eat right, we suffer anyway because, all of the food is genetically modified to look and taste pleasing, but actually, there is mixed DNA from insects and other mammals that reacts with our own DNA causing cancers and many other health problems. in order to protect yourself you must buy organically and you have to make sure that the farmers used organic seeds. make sure that the meats are farm raised with no hormones and gmo. also the air is filthy now days, tons of aluminum is dumped from planes every day, causes mental health problems and also physical health problems.


    @ Anonymous doesn't change the fact that it still adds a lot of things TO those 'natural' ingredients. And they still add horrible ones

  • Medo 1 year ago

    Most of this is unsourced to be fair. And what is sourced comes from McDonald's website which means they are being fairly transparent.

    To be absolutely honest, McDonalds is a now-and-again thing. Sure, it's bad for your physical but it's tasty and it's fun for kids and the pleasure response from eating it alone is a real boost psychologically. Everything has an effect on the body in some way but moderation is the key. I like McDonalds now and again.

    Some of the arguments here are moot. For McDonald's to do any real damage it would need to be eaten consistently and frequently. If it is eaten that way, then the consumer in question needs to learn to eat healthier. We know McDonald's isn't a suitable staple; it's stupidity that can do the real damage.

  • Lawrence 1 year ago

    Couldn't find any of those chemicals on the list:
    1. dymethylpolysioxane
    2. TBHQ
    Where are they?
    Secondly ingredients seem nothing different from anything else you buy these days trans fat , sugar ...
    So the article could be just about any supermarket or fast food (appart from organic) ?

  • Anonymous 1 year ago

    Thats a lie. I don't stop to eat maccas

  • matthew 1 year ago

    so true

  • Ross 1 year ago

    Interesting...however if you take a look at the McDonalds Australian website, none of those harmful ingredients are listed?

  • Brent 1 year ago

    This stuff is freaky shit!
    But like you said, they make it apealing to the human eye.
    It's addictive and should be against the law. its harmful... if all these insane chemicals are alowed in our foods, then crack, cocane should be legal as well... they want to kill us purposely? And im sure its there whole plan.
    Plus its all about $$$$$!
    Its wrong and makes me want to think twice then think again about my health....
    Geez! They put foamed plastic in bread as a preservative. its called AZODICARBAMIDE. check it out on ur bread ingredients and look up the word urself...peace everyone and think about a healthier life....
    I need to do the same................

  • 1 year ago

    Well this open up mine eyes no more MC Donald fd 4 me 2 ever again thank u 4 this infro.

  • Queen of Pickle Palace 1 year ago

    This article was pretty informative... but as good as it was, I'm still gonna be eating Wendy's. I don't care what's in my food, but then again, I may die young from Wendy's food. Ah! C'est la vie.

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