Chicken McNuggets Fail

Hi all,

While watching an interview last week I heard something that made me think no way….

Today the interview was released on the web so I watched it again, when I heard this line again I decided to check it out..

The line?

Chicken McNuggets from McDonalds contain Butane!

Yes, Butane, the same stuff that comes in Bic Lighters and is commonly refered to as Lighter Fluid. So I am sure your thinking, just like I was that this is crazy. McDonald’s could not possibly think that adding a petroleum product as toxic as Butane to their food could possibly be acceptable.

Unfortunately it seems to be true, From the Nutrition guide supplied from the McDonald’s website you can clearly see the information from the following report.

From a report by Al Nye, The Laywer Guy Click the link to read the entire article.


“McNuggets also contain several completely synthetic ingredients, quasiedible substances that ultimately come not from a corn or soybean field but form a petroleum refinery or chemical plant”

“Listed first are the “leavening agents”: sodium aluminum phosphate, mono-calcium phosphate, sodium acid pyrophosphate, and calcium lactate”

dimethylpolysiloxene, added to the cooking oil” – everything fried at MickeyD’s touches this nasty chemical.

“But perhaps the most alarming ingredient in a Chicken McNugget is tertiary butylhydroquinone, or TBHQ, an antioxidant derived from petroleum that is either sprayed directly on the nugget or the inside of the box it comes in to “help preserve freshness.” According to A Consumer’s Dictionary of Food Additives, TBHQ is a form of butane (i.e. lighter fluid)”

Read the report from Al Nye and then even look over the Nutrition guide and consider yourself more educated.

I am finding common threads an all this Nutrition information, the more I search the more it disgusts me. I feel it is a shame that fast food is so much less expensive than good healthy food from the local markets – or is it?.

HFCS Update 1

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HFCS Update #1

I have been looking around and it’s very hard to try to extract the science from the marketing speak in most of the HFCS reports.
It seems that whenever the report is supported from a large company (whom uses HFCS in their products) they seem to agree that all sugars can cause obesity. They all have a real hard time saying that there are differences between sucrose and fructose. Notice how they say “all sugars”, they refuse to say that HFCS is any different than other sugars.

When you find the reports not supported by industry, they always talk about the differences in the way different sugars are processed in our bodies.  Many of these reports talk about the absorption of sugars and the various chemicals that our bodies create when consuming these sugars. I am starting to learn the various processes and what is still unknown is how these various chemicals interact with the other chemicals and the effects on our bodies.

In Example:  We all know that it makes us feel good to eat chocolate, do you know why?

You feel better because of 4 major chemicals that are created while your body is processing the chocolate..
Theobromine: A mild stimulant similar to caffeine, a mood enhancer.
Serotonin: A naturally present chemical in the brain that can cause elevated moods.
Phenethylamine: Thought to be an aphrodisiac (though unproven).
Tryptophan: Combines with the  Serotonin and helps one relax.

So by processing these chemicals we end up Happy and Relaxed, and who doesn’t like being Happy and Relaxed?

So back the the HFCS info, a few questions you may have, and I welcome more questions anytime!

Are all sugars bad?
Specifically all sugars can be bad if they are overused. Try to use less sugars on a daily basis. Remember your body needs some sugars but if your eating fruit as part of a daily healthy diet you probably do not need to add any sugars to your meals or beverages.

If all sugars are bad, are they equally bad?
No, processed sugars are harder for your body to break down and will have the tendancy to become stored as fat rather than used for energy. The best sugars are found in Fresh Fruit, followed by the raw sugar from sugar cane, then brown sugars. White sugars have actually been bleached white and should be avoided if possible (hard not to use some on cold cereal huh).

Which sugars are best to avoid?
Highly processed sugars are the worst, specifically conversions that contain both sucrose and fructose (i.e. HFCS). Keep an eye out for a post covering this subject. I need more research to really get to the bottom of it.

Are sugar substitutes ok?
I can only say NO, do not consume substitute foods. Which leads me to the last segment for this entry.

Eat what you enjoy!
Being healthy is not about how much you weigh, it’s all about how you feel. Remember your grandma used to tell you that you are what you eat (my grandma was a dietitian). If you eat junky food you will feel junky. If you eat a healthy diet you will feel better and have more energy to go out and do things. Eat what you enjoy, everything in moderation! Stop Dieting! Dieting has proved that it does not work! Eat good home cooked foods made from scratch. You will enjoy it more! If your overweight just try to eat slower so you will eat less. Stop eating when your no longer hungry, eat again when you become hungry. It really is ok to snack all day if the snacks are healthy (fruits and veggies) and your meals are balanced proteins/starches/sugars.

I am not just sprouting bullshit here, I have lived on both sides of the fence. Yes, I am overweight but I am very healthy (knock on wood) because I eat properly whenever possible. Yes I cheat every once in a while but I am trying to stop gaining weight as I get older. 🙂

My next goals will be to perhaps start loosing weight. 😦

A nice story in laymans terms from the Mayo Clinic: High-fructose corn syrup: What are the concerns?

Searching around there are many stories about how HFCS is not bad, if you approach these stories as possible marketing propaganda (always read everything in the web in that manner) you can find the truth buried in the marketing speak. As an ex-marketing professional I know all about marketing speak.


One of the nicknames I had growing up was Pillsbury Doughboy.

An Interesting image that caught my eyes..

Someone asked me about

While at the bakery the other day, I mentioned I used to be a cook/chef. They asked me what kinds of things do I cook for myself at home.?

Can you guess what it is?

What is it? Can you guess?