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I have a great friend who loves to cook and eat…and why she sent me this, I have NO idea, because I’m always eating McDonalds. Here’s a take from what is actually in some of the food we eat:
1. Duck Feathers and Chinese Women’s Hair
McDonald’s admitted that the l-cysteine (That’s hair or duck feathers) is used in its Baked Hot Apple Pie, as well as its Wheat Roll and Warm Cinnamon Roll, was of the duck-feather variety. Many other fast-food joints rely on l-cysteine in bakery products as well.
Silicon dioxide, also known as silica (also known as sand!), is used to make glass, optical fibers, ceramics, and cement. Oh, and chili. Used as an anti-caking agent, it is often added to processed beef and chicken to prevent clumping, and is listed in the ingredient panels for chili from both Wendy’s and Taco Bell.
Processed wood pulp, known as cellulose, is used in everything from cheese to salad dressing, from muffins to strawberry syrup. McDonalds, Taco Bell, KFC, Sonic, Pizza Hut, Wendy’s, Arby’s, Jack in the Box, and many others include cellulose in their repertoire.
(So THAT’s why most women can’t get rid of their cellulose thighs. You need to SHAVE it off.)
4. Silly Putty
Eight-syllable ingredients make sense for Silly Putty, but French fries? Sure enough, dimethylpolysiloxane, a form of silicone used in cosmetics and Silly Putty, is also found in many a fast-food fried thing. It is the secret ingredient that keeps fryer oil from foaming. McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish and French fries have it, as do Wendy’s Natural-Cut Fries With Sea Salt. In fact, most fast-food items that bathe in a deep-fat fryer are imbued with a hint of dimethylpolysiloxane.
(I’m having trouble imagining this one. )
Petroleum-derived preservatives (TBHQ) Tertiary butylhydroquinone (TBHQ) is made from compounds derived from petroleum and finds a home in cosmetic and skincare products, varnish, lacquers and resins – and processed food. McDonald’s, for example, uses it in 18 products ranging from their Fruit and Walnut Salad to Griddle Cakes to McNuggets.
(Which is why we MUST drill for oil here….McDonalds would go under if we went to war with Iran.)
Meet carminic acid, a commonly used red food coloring that comes from the dried, crushed bodies of female scale insects called cochineal. Variously known as Cochineal, Cochineal Extract, Carmine, Crimson Lake, Natural Red 4, C.I. 75470, E120 – it is used in a wide variety of products ranging from some meat, sausages, processed poultry products, marinades, bakery products, toppings, cookies, deserts, icings, pie fillings, jams, preservs, gelatins, juices, drinks, dairy products, sauces and dessert products
It is commonly referred to as “pink slime.” Looking more like frosting than pureed meat and bone bits, the FDA defines mechanically separated poultry (MSP) as “a paste-like and batter-like poultry product produced by forcing bones, with attached edible tissue, through a sieve or similar device under high pressure to separate bone from the edible tissue.”
(Sounds pretty much like most of Congress, with the exception of Al Gore who would be called Green Slime.)
Okay. if you want more go here.
I might try adding a bit of sand to my chili, or some Silly Putty to my fryer.
Nobody thought reading about Monsanto was bad….the genetically altered strawberry that I was repulsed by is starting to look pretty good.
(Uh..Thanks to Mona, I think. )