What’s Really In A Big Mac?
The answer is… a sesame seed bun, American cheese, special sauce, 100% beef patty, sliced pickles, shredded lettuce and onions… or so we’re told.
On closer inspection when perusing the US McDonald’s website there are over 72 ingredients that go into this world famous burger. Many of which I wouldn’t be happy putting in my (or my kids) mouths.
I can hardly refer to many of these ingredients as “food” as they are far from natural or providing your body with any form of nutrition. In fact, McDonald’s even refers to them as “components of their popular menu”, making them sound like pieces of man-made, processed products (which is exactly what they are).
We all know that fast food is unhealthy, but have you ever stopped to really inspect what the “secret” ingredients are?
Let’s lift the bun off the Big Mac and see what’s really inside…
BIG MAC BUN:
Ingredients: Enriched Flour (Bleached Wheat Flour, Malted Barley Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamin Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Water, High Fructose Corn Syrup and/or Sugar, Yeast, Soybean Oil and/or Canola Oil, Contains 2% or Less: Salt, Wheat Gluten, Calcium Sulfate, Calcium Carbonate, Ammonium Sulfate, Ammonium Chloride, Dough Conditioners (May Contain One or More of: Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, DATEM, Ascorbic Acid, Azodicarbonamide, Mono and Diglycerides, Ethoxylated Monoglycerides, Monocalcium Phosphate, Enzymes, Guar Gum, Calcium Peroxide), Sorbic Acid, Calcium Propionate and/or Sodium Propionate (Preservatives), Soy Lecithin, Sesame Seed.
CONTAINS: WHEAT AND SOY LECITHIN.
Wow! That’s a lot of ingredients just to make a burger bun. It definitely doesn’t look anything like the traditional days of just 4 simple ingredients: flour, water, salt and yeast.
High fructose corn syrup and sodium sound tempting? Those ingredients are two of the best serial killers in the world! They get away with murder, causing an epidemic of obesity and seeing a nation struggling with heart disease and diabetes. So why do they put it in? Because it’s addictive and makes your body crave more!
How about some azodicarbonamide on the side? This is a delicious (note the sarcasm) bleaching agent that is a known carcinogen.
PASTEURIZED PROCESSED AMERICAN CHEESE:
Ingredients: Milk, Cream, Water, Cheese Culture, Sodium Citrate, Contains 2% or Less of: Salt, Citric Acid, Sodium Phosphate, Sorbic Acid (Preservative), Lactic Acid, Acetic Acid, Enzymes, Sodium Pyrophosphate, Natural Flavor (Dairy Source), Color Added, Soy Lecithin (Added for Slice Separation). CONTAINS: MILK AND SOY LECITHIN
I don’t know about you, but that definitely doesn’t sound like cheese to me. It sounds like the chemicals for a science experiment.
Notice how the recognisable ingredients are always listed first, followed by the “secret” formula.
BIG MAC SAUCE:
Well for a start there are 33 ingredients in this sauce (33!!), 4 of which are sugars, including the silent killers: High Fructose Corn Syrup and Sodium. The real clincher in this sauce however, is propylene glycol alginate (nicely hidden in between the spices). What is propylene glycol? Well, it’s an ingredient found in anything from anti-freeze and engine coolants, to shampoo, to… well, the big mac sauce. Tasty?
100% BEEF PATTY:
Doesn’t sound so bad? Well for one, ALL beef in the US has to be USDA inspected, otherwise it would be illegal! The fact they market their beef as “100% pure” actually means nothing. It’s like claiming their pickles are made out of 100% pickle! It may or may not be pure and legally doesn’t need to include the chemicals/toxins used in the processing of the meat. All smoke and mirrors! Let’s keep going…
Come on!! It’s a pickle!! How can a food this simple and traditionally healthy, end up being so harmful for your health? Did you know that when cucumbers are lacto-fermented they have the ability to dissolve the stone forming uric acid that can result from eating certain meat? Well, these faux-pickles certainly don’t do that.
SHREDDED LETTUCE AND ONIONS:
In good health,
Do you have any handy tips to share for eating healthy foods while traveling or when you are pushed for time?
Source: Food Matters