Oh, McHappy Day®...

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Because today is the day that Aussies flock to McDonalds to buy a Big Mac in the name of helping sick kids, I decided to do some poking around to find out what ingredients are in the famous Big Mac burger.

I mean, surely it can't be that bad? After all, McDonalds are only too keen to remind us that it's made from 100% beef, with a bit of salt and pepper added.

But wait 'til you hear what's in the bun, and the sauce. That bit certainly hasn't been publicised.

The bun has 26 ingredients, and includes bleached flour, high fructose corn syrup, sugar, ammonium sulfate, ammonium chloride, ethoxylated monoglycerides, calcium propionate, sodium propionate, partially hydrogenated soybean oil (high in trans fats), and calcium peroxide.

If you are eating a Big Mac in America, your bun also contains azodicarbonamide (lucky you...), which is an additive already banned in the European Union, Australia, and the U.K.

The sauce has 32 ingredients, and it includes some more high fructose corn syrup, some more sugar, polysorbate 80 (can cause anaphalaxis, and caused infertility in animal studies), vegetable protein (which is a nice name for MSG), calcium disodium EDTA, sodium benzoate, caramel colour, and propylene glycol alginate.

And would you like fries with that???

Just when you thought fries consisted of potatoes, oil and salt...

Here's what you can expect in McDonald's fries: Potatoes, vegetable oil (a mix of canola oil, hydrogenated soybean oil, natural beef flavor (more MSG), and citric acid), dextrose, sodium acid pyrophosphate, 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 (Apparently to make it safer for workers).

And then if you have a Coke, here's what else you're subjecting yourself to: Carbonated water, high fructose corn syrup (again), caramel color (again), phosphoric acid, natural flavors (WHAT natural flavours, though?), and caffeine.

Today, McDonald's aimed to raise $2.8 million for Ronald McDonald House charities, which supports sick kids and their families.

Perhaps McDonalds could prove their commitment to kids and their families by cleaning up the ingredients in their foods.

I'm just sayin'....



2 comments:

Aspiring Millionaire said...

I want to be sick. I had no idea there was so much!

I did know it was so far from natural its not funny, but that is atrocious!

The Ingredient Detective said...

I know. And it's all there on their website for the world to see (mind you, you have to do a bit of creative navigating to find the full list). I haven't had a look at KFC, Red Rooster, and Co. yet, but I imagine their's is probably similar...

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