McDonald's started as a burger corner in 1948, but the world-famous fast food chain has been offering another meat high in protein, chicken, since the specially molded McNugget made its debut in 1983.
Now maybe it's as iconic as the Big Mac or the Quarter Pounder, this little fried snack seems harmless in the surface, which consists of a paste similar to tempura that has been cooked to golden perfection. For the past 30 years, McDonald's has added 10 delicious sauces, including the Spicy Buffalo, Honey Mustard and Tangy Barbecue at the McMenu, making these little pieces the taste of almost everyone, children and adults alike.
White poultry have less saturated fats than red meat, which means they generally will not raise your cholesterol and help with heart disease. While this may seem to be a healthy advantage, the other ingredients that McDonald's adds make its nutritional value questionable. If you are not very meticulous or chicken to hear the details, continue reading to get the truth about these little golden snacks.
THE SUSPICIOUS: McDonald's Chicken McNuggets (6-piece serving size, 3, 4 ounces)
THE DETECTIVE: Christopher Ochner, Ph.D., a Research Associate at the Nutrition Research Center and obesity in New York at the Roosevelt hospital center in St. Luke. Ochner is very familiar with the McDonald's menu. Some years ago, he conducted his own "Super Size Me" style diet experiment: He ate one of his meals at the fast-food restaurant every day for two months as part of a study. Your results are still to be published.
No sauce: 280 calories, 18 grams of fat, 18 grams of carbohydrates, 13 grams of protein, 0 grams of sugar, 540 mg of sodium, 1 g of dietary fiber.
With Tangy Barbecue sauce: 330 calories, 18 grams of fat, 29 grams of carbohydrates, 10 grams of sugar, 800 mg of sodium, 1 g of dietary fiber, 13 g of protein.
Chicken McNuggets: boneless white chicken, water, modified food starch, salt, seasoning (autolized yeast extract, salt, wheat starch, natural flavoring [botanical source], safflower oil, dextrose and citric acid), sodium phosphate, natural flavor (botanical source). Covered and breaded with: water, enriched flour (bleached wheat flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamine mononitrate, rivoflavin, folic acid), yellow cornmeal, bleached oatmeal, modified food starch, salt, yeast (bicarbonate) sodium, sodium pyrophosphate acid, sodium aluminum phosphate, monocalcium phosphate, calcium lactate), spices, wheat starch, dextrose, corn starch.Contains: wheat.
* Prepared in vegetable oil (canola, corn, soya, hydrogenated soybean oil with TBHQ and added citric acid to preserve freshness). Dimethyloxysiloxane added as anti-lean agent. Prepared with vegetable oil (canola oil, corn oil, soya oil, soybean hydrogenated with TBHQ and citric acid to preserve freshness). Dimethyloxysiloxane added as anti-lean agent. xanthan gum, caramel coloring, garlic powder, cellulose gum, dry chilli, malic acid, natural flavoring (fruit and vegetable source), onion powder
Tangy sauce Barbecue high fructose corn syrup, water, pasta of tomato, grape vinegar, distilled vinegar, salt, soy sauce (water, wheat, bean sprouts, salt), modified food starch, spices, dextrose, soybean oil, natural smoke flavoring (vegetable source), benzoate sodium (preservative), succinic acid. Alegenic: wheat and soy.
So, while the McNuggets are "made with 100 USDA grade A chicken" as McDonald's states, there's no way to know if what percentage of the whole bite is really chicken.
Christopher Ochner, Ph. D.
UNDER THE LUPE
CHICKEN: it is always good to see the actual foods registered as the main ingredient: White boneless chicken. "The first object on the nutrition label means the preponderant food, "said Ochner. So while the McNuggets are "100 percent USDA grade A chicken" as McDonalds states. com (keep in mind that it says "made with" and not "made of," Ochner points out), there's no way to know what percentage of the total bite is really chicken.
"White boneless chicken is almost pure protein, with 0.2 g of protein: the kcal range with less than 20 percent fat," Ochner explained. "The McNuggets, on the other hand, have the mediocre figure of 0.046 gr of protein: a percentage of kcal with 57 percent of kcal of fats This seems to suggest that the other ingredients besides chicken are the main driver of a macro nutritive profile, "he said.
With more than 30 registered ingredients it is easy to see how the chicken may have a minor role in this dish. It could also explain why the chicken seemed to disappear in the alarming YouTube video of March 2013 (see the link below in the "Resources" section of this article), showing the McNuggets at room temperature for a period of two days. When Orchner performed this experiment on his own (he left them in the refrigerator for 10 days), the so-called chicken of McNuggets pieces remained intact. This disturbing mystery remains unsolved.
GREASE: Holy cow, er and chicken McNuggets are 57 percent fat! A major contributor to fat may be hydrogenated soybean oil that is loaded with trans fat. "I do not suspect there is a ton of it inside because saturated fat is relatively low."said Ocher. "However, some of this certainly remains partially hydrogenated, which also helps in its conservation."
TBHQ (TERTIARY BUTYLHYDROQUINONE - Terbutilhidroquinona): You might recognize this hard-to-pronounce ingredient (hence the acronym) of the recent revelation "What's really inside those McDonald's fries" (see the link below in the section " Means"). This powerful oil-derived preservative (also found in varnishes, lacquers, pesticides, cosmetics and perfumes) can be used to help the chicken and other ingredients maintain their distinctive shapes. Consumed in large doses, being difficult to determine how much is added to the McNuggets, this chemical can be toxic. Possible side effects include nausea, delirium, collapse, ringing (in the ears) and vomiting. Some studies have linked this chemical with hyperactivity in children, asthma, rhinitis, dermatitis, aggravated ADHD symptoms and insomnia. Furthermore, animal studies have reported that it could cause DNA damage. This great scientific evidence was enough for McDonald's to completely remove this harmful ingredient from the version of the McNuggets sold in the United Kingdom. United States, can we take something from the British this time about the concern for the health of our citizens?
* Dimethylpolysiloxane: Here is another ingredient that the British do not accept in their McNuggets. This anti-foaming agent derived from silicone has also been removed from the list of ingredients of the UK McNuggets and for good reason. While McDonalds. com admits that "a drop of an additive in vegetable oil is added to simply prevent the foam on the surface that happens naturally when cooking", what it is not telling you is that this same chemical is found in putty, in contact lenses, medical devices, shampoos, lubricating oils, heat-resistant tiles and breast implants. "There are no studies that have shown toxic effects," Ochner said, "but it's kind of disgusting to think about."
* ADDITIONAL AUTOLATED YEAST: this elusive ingredient contains monosodium glutamate (also known as MSG) that allows MdDonalds to create the illusion that you are consuming more protein with each bite you are actually consuming. This inexpensive, taste-enhancing filler is approved by the FDA (although 15 percent of Americans have sensitivity to MSG and suffer from headaches, nausea and heart palpitations when they consume it). Having said that, even if you are not one of these people, including this component in the recipe of the McNuggets is a way to cheat on the real chicken (seriously, how much meat is in these things?) Cutting costs and avoiding naming the word MSG on the label.
* SODIUM ALUMINUM PHOSPHATE: The keyword is "aluminum".You know, the silver metallic element you use to align the oven before baking or roasting? Ochner explained that this ingredient is produced synthetically from aluminum as well as phosphoric acid and sodium hydroxide. While everything sounds very unappetizing, its function is not to attract you, but to act as a leavening agent that is often used in flour blends as the baked portion of the McNugget. As for its safety, the FDA allows a daily intake of aluminum that varies between 10 to 100 mg, so whenever McDonald's stays in this range, it is within the acceptable legal limit.
THE VERDICT: The McNuggets are McAsquerosos
THE JUDGMENT: Although they are supposedly made white chicken meat that is good for you, McDonald's McNuggets are far from healthy and nutritious. So if your options are between deciding whether to eat or not eat a McNugget, your best option is to discard it (like the white element that disappears in the YouTube magic video that you can see by following the link below in the " Means").