10 Horrifying Ingredients In Our Fast-Food

Published on February 11, 2019
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Top 10 Horrifying Ingredients, from a blog post by Natural Medicine Team, Titled


The purpose of my Re-Posting this is to point out that even if you have never stepped foot into a Mickey-D's​, you are still at risk.  This is not a McDonald's exclusive problem, these Horrifying Ingredients are in all of our foods, cosmetics, and even some Medicines,

"Because the people at Natural Medicine dot Team point at the Golden Arches, folks may read their article a say to themselves "glad I don't eat there".  It is this kind of Click-bait thinking that is the problem in the nutrition genre that is so misleading, and confusing."

​I Will add my thoughts Below each one in Italics

1. Ammonium sulfate: Ammonium sulfate is an inorganic salt used as a fertilizer and flame retardant, and it is also added to Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide. But did you know that ammonium sulfate can also be found in a burger bun? This nasty chemical has been associated with irritation of the gastrointestinal tract, diarrhea, nausea and hormone disruption.

​If you are on a Low Carb Diet, then you are most likely not eating the buns.  Good on you, those things are disgusting.  In baking applications, ammonium sulfate is used as a dough conditioner and dough strengthener in bread products. Ammonium sulfate supplies nitrogen to the yeast for nourishment aiding in yeast function while promoting browning.

​2. Silicone oil: If you are a chicken nuggets lover then you are a regular consumer of dimethylpolysiloxane, also known as silicone oil. Silicone oil is a synthetic material used to make contact lenses, caulking, silly putty and lubricants. The use of this non-biodegradable oil has been decreased in breast implants due to safety concerns.

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Silicone Oil

The class of silicone oils known as cyclosiloxanes has many of the same properties as other non-cyclic siloxane liquids but also has a relatively high volatility, making it useful in a number of cosmetic products such as antiperspirant.  

3. Cysteine-L: Cysteine-L is an amino acid synthesized from human hair or duck feathers. It is used to flavor meat and soften bread and pastries. Consumption of cysteine-L has been linked to constipation, diarrhea, vomiting, rashes, fever, headaches, drowsiness, low blood pressure and liver problems.

​L-cysteine is also important in the metabolism of lipids. It plays, for example, a part in building essential fatty acids and therefore enables the production of cell membranes and protective covers of nerve endings. These consist mainly of myelin, a dielectric (electrically insulating) material that forms a layer, the myelin sheath, usually around only the axon of a neuron.

​4.TBHQ: TBHQ, or tertiary butylhydroquinone, is a petroleum-based additive found in cosmetic products and 18 different McDonald’s menu items. Although the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has classified this chemical as totally safe for human consumption, long-term use can result in aggravation of ADHD symptoms, stomach cancer, damaged DNA and death.

TBHQ is used in fats, including vegetable oils and animal fats. Many — if not most — processed foods contain some fats, so it’s found in a wide range of products. For example, snack crackers, noodles, and fast and frozen foods. It’s allowed to be used in the highest concentrations in frozen fish products.



5. Propylene glycol: Found in anti-freeze, e-cigarettes and fast food, propylene glycol can cause damage to the central nervous system and worsen existing allergies and eye and skin conditions.

Salt accomplishes this by lowering the freezing point of water. This is an example of a "safe" chemical being used as antifreeze.  While few chemicals are entirely without risk, propylene glycol is considered to be safe at the low concentrations, used in personal care products and even food products.

​6. Prescription drugs: Researchers at the Johns Hopkins University found alarming levels of antidepressants and other prescription, over-the-counter and banned drugs in chicken feed and chicken products from fast food restaurants. Because McDonald’s doesn’t use organic chicken, their chicken products very likely contain traces of prescription medications or antibiotics.

Drugs may not be used in organic poultry production. However, organic producers may not withhold medical treatment from a sick animal in an effort to preserve its organic status. All appropriate medications must be used to restore an animal to health when methods acceptable to organic production fail.

7. Dimethylpolysiloxane: Dimethylpolysiloxane is often added to cooking oils used to prepare McDonald’s filet-o-fish, chicken nuggets and French fries. Besides being found in most fried fast foods, dimethylpolysiloxane is also utilized in the production of silly putty, contact lenses, caulking, shampoos and conditioners, breast implants, cosmetics, polishes and heat resistant tiles.

PDMS or Silicone Oil is added to many cooking oils (as an antifoaming agent) to prevent oil splatter during the cooking process. As a result of this, PDMS can be found in trace quantities in many fast food items, We covered this already.

8. Carminic acid: Carminic acid is a red food dye synthesized by cochineal beetles. It is often added to fast food meats to give them a more vibrant and appealing color. Until 2009, carmine, cochineal extract or natural red 4, were classified as “natural dyes.” These days, however, the FDA requires carmine and cochineal extract to be explicitly identified in ingredient lists because they can cause severe allergic reactions in some people.

This dye was first utilized and mass produced by the Aztec empire, it was used to paint the body, colour foods, and was added to medicinal preparations.  Starbucks customers were not happy to learn bugs were being used to dye their Strawberries & Cream Frappuccino

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Carminic acid

9. Cellulose: While cellulose may be a natural product produced from wood pulp, who wants to eat lots of indigestible wood fibers? Cellulose is added to nearly every fast food item as a way to add volume. It can be found in cheese, salad dressing, muffins and strawberry syrup, among many others. You name it, and chances are wood pulp is in there.

Cellulose, a complex carbohydrate, or polysaccharide, consisting of 3,000 or more glucose units. The basic structural component of plant cell walls, cellulose comprises about 33 percent of all vegetable matter, so eat your vegetables.

10. Silicon dioxide: Also known as silica or industrial sand, silicon dioxide is used to make glass, optical fibers and cement. The fast food industry often adds it to meat and sauces to keep them from clumping together. In an industrial setting, workers handling silicon dioxide wear hazmat suits and masks. Nonetheless, the FDA sees no harm in adding this industrial chemical to your burger bun.

First, as a food additive, silicon dioxide serves as an anticaking agent. It is used to prevent clumping. In supplements, it’s used to prevent the various powdered ingredients from sticking together.

​Though the FDA deems most of these Horrifying Ingredients as safe, it would be wise to remember that they are the same folks that add Fluoride to our Drinking Water.

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