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McDonald’s Forced to Stop Using Ammonia-Tainted ‘Pink Slime’ in Meat

Anthony Gucciardi
February 3rd, 2012
Updated 11/17/2012 at 2:06 pm
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McDonald’s has recently caved to consumer demands to cease the utilization of ‘pink slime’ scrap meat covered with ammonium hydroxide in their hamburgers and chicken sandwiches. The announcement highlights the fact that there are many health-crushing additives within the McDonald’s menu, and the reason that their hamburgers absolutely wreak havoc on your body actually has little to do with their high calorie and fat content. In fact, McDonald’s absolutely loves when health professionals neglect to mention the toxic ingredients hidden in their food.

The change was mostly made possible by Jamie Oliver, a celebrity chef who has recently gone on a campaign against the fast food giant. After heavily publicizing the fact that McDonald’s was using the ‘pink slime’ treated with ammonium hydroxide, food activists began to take action. However, the change does not mean that McDonald’s food choices are much better for you — in fact, they are still very damaging to your health. Oliver himself explains:

“Basically, we’re taking a product that would be sold at the cheapest form for dogs and after this process we can give it to humans,” said the TV chef.

A History of McDonald’s Additives

This is not the only known additive in McDonald’s food items that has sparked controversy. It was previously revealed that McDonald’s McNuggets contain a similarly-disturbing ingredient, helping to establish the reputation of worst food item on the planet. You would think that the ingredients for chicken nuggets would consist of bread and chicken, perhaps a bit of seasoning for flavor.

In contrast, McNuggets contain 7 different ingredients, many of which contain sub-ingredients. Among these include substances that make up the ‘meat’ of the McNuggets. Instead of using real meat, the ingredient list calls for sodium phosphate, safflower oil, wheat starch, dextrose, and a particularly dangerous substance known as autolyzed yeast extract. Autolyzed yeast extract is similar to MSG, an artificial sweetener that has been linked to obesity and other health conditions.

What’s more, McNuggets contain a whole other list of threatening ingredients like dimethylpolysiloxane. A type of silicone used in breast implants and silly putty. Dimethylpolysiloxane is used as an anti-foaming agent in the nuggets.

It is quite clear that even while ignoring the pink slime scrap meat from McDonald’s food items, these synthetic meal items are still a very real threat to your overall wellness. You can view Oliver’s video covering the pink slime below:

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  • Case4Mac

    Thank you for the info, this is really insane that the worlds #1 Fast Food uses such a crappy meat. This is really frightening…

  • James Pryor

    Well, of course, relying mostly on something like McDonald's for your daily nutrition is still a bad idea. This move, however, at least makes the occasional visit a little easier on the health.

  • Mitch

    Bill Cooper was so right. They want to control us by destroying us from within. We are a Toxic Nation…

  • Carrie

    thanks for articles like this one. I don't eat fast food, thank God.

  • S.W.P.

    The only reason this stuff stays around is that most peoples wallets demand it.Until you grow your own this stuff will not go away.If you want real hamburger(least as close to it as you can get)buy a chuck roast or sirloin at the meat department and have the butcher make hamburger for you.

  • Mark Palo

    No wonder our health is in danger. I just never could feel comfortable eating at Micky D's or the Burger Clown er King. I do admit I like Wendy's Chile. Does anyone know of any secret ingredients or hidden process that Wendy's use in their chile preparation? Maybe I'll just stick to my own homemade brand of chile. What say you folks? Peace, Marco

  • Tim Taylor

    It's toxic. Why am I not suprised to read this on Natural Society? Um, am, i… we are all dead tomorrow!

  • PoZoR

    "a particularly dangerous substance known as autolyzed yeast extract."

    Isn't autolyzed yeast extract the core substance behind marmite and vegemite? I thought that was supposed to be healthy and be a rich source of B vitamins.

    • Irene

      Yeast extract is a flavoring that makes food taste better. It is in soups, all flavored chips, corn chips, coffee and more.

      It gives me huge body aches for a few days until it is out of my system. It should be banned or at least labeled MSG.

      Brain fog is another side effect.

    • cagillbanks

      Yeast extracts are sometimes touted as a nutritious source of B vitamins and complete protein. Unfortunately they may not be as healthy or innocuous as they sound, or are claimed to be. Killed and heat-dried yeasts and their extracts are a source of free glutamate, a naturally-occurring amino acid that acts as an excitatory neurotransmitter in the body. While I am not concerned about small quantities of this naturally-occurring amino acid coming in to our bodies via whole, unprocessed foods, we know from experiences with the flavour enhancer monosodium glutamate (MSG) and other related substances that excessive (the definition of excessive varies from individual to individual) free glutamate can induce health problems that affect particularly the nervous system. According to neurologist Dr Russell Blaylock, author of 'Excitotoxins: The Taste that Kills', as well as FDA reports, exposure to free glutamate from MSG may be responsible for seizures, brain cell death and brain damage, allergies (including rashes and asthma), headaches and migraines, strokes, hypoglycemia, hyperactivity (or sometimes drowsiness), rapid heart beat sometimes accompanied by chest pain, and brain tumors. As consumers become more savvy to the effects and risks of MSG, manufacturers have begun to attempt to conceal it under names like 'yeast extract' on packaged food labels, but its effects on the body can be equally harmful.

      Yeast extract is not technically exactly the same as MSG, but due to its free glutamate it deserves similar caution and should be avoided by children, adolescents, glutamate-sensitive people and those with pre-existing cardiovascular or neurological disorders. Whether it is a prudent health choice to consume it at all is a matter for individual consideration as we all have varying sensitivities, but if choosing to do so it is perhaps best to avoid it too close to bedtime due to its potential for promoting neuro-excitability and wakefulness.

      See also… (Many "health" and vegetarian foods contain MSG in the form of yeast extract.)

      P.S. Unfortunately, Marmite and Vegemite are not health foods, nor a good source of B vitamins, despite what their manufacturers tell you. They are essentially just a dose of salt and flavour enhancer in the form of yeast extract, whose neuro-excitotoxic and stimulating effects should not be mistaken for the energy-boosting effects of natural B vitamin-containing wholefoods.

  • MSGran

    I knew there was a reason I didn't like McDonalds!

  • Bob Hope

    McDonalds "Strawberry" milkshake flavour contains:

    amyl acetate, amyl butyrate, amyl valerate, anethol, anisyl formate, benzyl acetate, benzyl isobutyrate, butyric acid, cinnamyl isobutyrate, cinnamyl valerate, cognac essential oil, diacetyl, dipropyl ketone, ethyl butyrate, ethyl cinnamate, ethyl heptanoate, ethyl heptylate, ethyl lactate, ethyl methylphenylglycidate, ethyl nitrate, ethyl propionate, ethyl valerate, heliotropin, hydroxyphrenyl- 2-butanone (10% solution in alcohol), ionone, isobutyl anthranilate, isobutyl butyrate, lemon essential oil, maltol, 4-methylacetophenone, methyl anthranilate, methyl benzoate, methyl cinnamate, methyl heptine carbonate, methyl naphthyl ketone, methyl salicylate, mint essential oil, neroli essential oil, nerolin, neryl isobutyrate, orris butter, phenethyl alcohol, rose, rum ether, undecalactone, vanillin and solvent.


    • MATT

      that last one…"solvent", is just so all encompassing. solvent for what I wonder? Your intestines so you can pass this garbage through? Cause if this stuff gets stuck inside you that would not be good. All those ethyl and methyl's and acetate's. Gross.