Thanks for bringing that info to our attention Daz.
When I was a kid, I never liked McDonald's burgers, I would only ever eat the Chicken McNuggets. Though I have avoided McD's food completely for a few years now.
In Australia the 'chemical composition' of McD's nuggets is different to the USA (and possibly other countries) but it is still curious what they actually put into their 'food'.
For anyone interested, please read on.
I downloaded the ingredient list from the McD's AU site:
and cross-referenced with the food additives list at:
The additives listed in the PDF from McD's are:
1404 (Oxidised starch)
341 (Calcium phosphates)
451 (Sodium and potassium triphosphate)
500 (Sodium carbonates)
541 (Sodium aluminium phosphate, alkaline)
551 (Silicon dioxide)
327 (Calcium lactate)
Seems innocuous enough, however, when I checked the description of additive 541, the info at mbm.net.au reads:
541 Sodium aluminium phosphate alkaline
Banned in Australia. Avoid it.
Synthetically produced from aluminium, phosphoric acid and sodium hydroxide. Acidity regulator, emulsifier used in baked goods, cheese products, confectionary, mince meat, frozen fish, stews. A risk to babies, elderly and people suffering from kidney and heart complaints. Aluminium impairs the calcium and phosphorous uptake by the body. Possible link to osteoporosis, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease. Avoid it.
Not sure if the 541 in McD's ingredient list is a typo. Possible I guess, perhaps an email to McD's might clarify. The only other menu item that contains 541 is the hotcakes.
Also in reference to additive 1404:
Prepared by treating starch with hypochlorite. The starch is partially degraded and oxidised. Thickener, vegetable gum which is bleached with possible sulphur dioxide residue, which is dangerous to asthmatics. High concentrations cause diarrhoea and kidney defects in animals. See 1403. Further testing required
I think the fact we have to research Material Safety Data Sheets to identify what the ingredients in the food we eat actually are, and their effects on living creatures, indicates to me that we are best not consuming the food in the first place.