What are food additives?
I knew when I decided to write this article, I was going to enjoy doing it, rather sad I know. In the previous article about processed foods. I realised that I would have to write a series of articles, about the effect of preservatives & the common ingredients in processed foods. These food additives are linked to diseases like cancer, heart disease and raised blood sugar, and more.
But in the interests of time, we are going to pick on my favourite food villain, McDonald’s. Or as I like to call them McStatin’s. If you asked even the most loyal McDoughnut customer, what are the ingredient lists of a Big Mac? Would they know? What about salad dressings, beef patty’s or even McDonalds Fries ingredients.
I mean, honestly, who looks at the ingredient labels, right?
The Effect of preservatives on the body, Specifically:
McDonalds Burger Ingredients
Let’s get straight into it, no point beating about the bush. Most food additives are there for taste improvement. Preservatives are used to extend the shelf life of food products. Whether it’s fast food or packaged foods all these processed foods contain them.
Would it surprise you to know that in one Original McDonalds Rubber Hamburger there are nearly 50 ingredients (and that’s without plastic cheese!). Your burger will still contain high fructose corn syrup, processed meat with a suspect natural beef flavour. There are more, some ingredients fall into the ‘irrelevant quantity amount to qualify for the label’ category too.
McDs forget to mention that although the beef patty is apparently 100% beef it doesn’t mean it’s 100% beef. For example, Tropicana say their Fresh Orange is Fresh. But it goes through a pasteurisation process, then it’s frozen. Tropicana then use ‘flavour packets’ in their juice, for taste. This is not my idea of FRESH! These additives are also supplied to cosmetic companies for perfume and cologne. The scary thing is by law they have no legal requirement to list these additives.
Don’t be too surprised that the 100% natural beef flavour is probably the same. It’s all in the wording, 100% beef, legally correct, morally wrong.
The beef was probably fed on GMO food sources, that were sprayed with pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers. Meat will contain residue, from veterinary drugs, like wormers, antibiotics, vaccinations and some livestock are even given growth hormones.
Does it sound like it’s 100% beef now? Also, the burger bun has about 20 ingredients of its own. Throw in the relishes, ketchup etc and we have a toxic burger.