24 July 2010

Why Ronald McDonald Can't Be Trusted

One of the reasons to never buy 'food' from corporations, besides the fact that they don't actually sell food, they sell 'food products', is that corporations can not be trusted. They think that food is a business, but they are wrong and if you aren't careful they will make you dead wrong. Food is life itself and is therefore sacred. But what do the 'artificial persons', which corporations are legally defined to be, know about life, food or health? They only care about their 'life blood' which is money. Food, as found growing in Nature, as created by God, to a corporation has to be manufactured into a food product. Healthy to a corporation means profitable. They speak a language which is confusing to us human beings. Notice how they make up words like 'mcnuggets' that you never heard of before. So as one human being to another, who also is not an artificial person, beware the corporation!

Chicken McNuggets Contain Disturbing Additives

Posted By Dr. Mercola
chicken nuggetsIn response to reports that the ingredients may pose health risks, McDonald's China claims that additives in its chicken McNuggets are "harmless".
They said that the use of tertiary butylhydroquinone meets Chinese food safety standards. However, "the chemical is toxic to some extent," according to Liu Qingchun, a nutritionist at the General Hospital of Armed Police Forces.
Bloomberg reports:
"McNuggets served in the U.S. also contain tertiary butylhydroquinone, a petroleum-based product, and dimethylpolysiloxane, an anti-foaming agent used in cosmetics and other goods.
McDonald's Holdings Co. Japan also serves chicken with the additives".



Dr. Mercola's Comments:

Most people don't realize this, but McDonald's fare, as unhealthy as it is in general, is even worse in some countries than others.
According to McDonald's, the reason for the differences in ingredients is "local tastes." For example, US McNuggets not only contain more calories and fat than British McNuggets, they and also contain chemical additives not found in the British nuggets, according to a recent CNN report.
And although Bloomberg made it sound like China's McNuggets are tainted with questionable chemicals, it turns out the same chemicals are used in American McNuggets as well.  
The two chemicals in question are:
  1. Dimethyl polysiloxane, an anti-foaming agent used in cosmetics and a variety of other goods
  2. Tertiary butylhydroquinone (TBHQ), a petroleum-based product with antioxidant properties
According to CNN:
"Dimethyl polysiloxane is used as a matter of safety to keep the oil from foaming, Lisa McComb [who handles global media relations for McDonald's] says. The chemical is a form of silicone also used in cosmetics and Silly Putty.
A review of animal studies by The World Health Organization found no adverse health effects associated with dimethyl polysiloxane.
TBHQ [tertiary butylhydroquinone] is a preservative for vegetable oils and animal fats, limited to .02 percent of the oil in the nugget."

Are these Food Additives Really Safe to Eat?

After searching for information about these two chemicals, I'm left with more questions than answers.
At its 19th and 21st meetings, the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives determined that tertiary butylhydroquinone (TBHQ) was safe for human consumption at levels of 0-0.5 mg/kg of body weight.
More recently, the Codex commission set the maximum allowable limits up to between 100 to as much as 400 mg/kg, depending on the food it's added to – chewing gum being allowed the highest levels of TBHQ.
However, according to CNN:
"One gram (one-thirtieth of an ounce) [of TBHQ] can cause "nausea, vomiting, ringing in the ears, delirium, a sense of suffocation, and collapse," according to A Consumer's Dictionary of Food Additives."
So what IS TBHQ anyway?
TBHQ, although listed as an "antioxidant," is a SYNTHETIC chemical with antioxidant properties, commonly used as a food stabilizer. It prevents oxidation of fats and oils, thereby extending shelf life of processed foods.
It's used in a wide variety of processed foods, including:
  • Vegetable oils
  • Baked goods
  • Flavoring and spices
  • Margarine
  • Cereals and grains
  • Snack foods like potato chips
But you can also find it in varnishes, lacquers, resins, oil field additives, and pesticide products, and it is commonly used in cosmetics and perfumes to reduce the evaporation rate and improve stability.
So, I decided to check and see how the cosmetics industry rates the chemical.
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) rates TBHQ as a "moderate hazard," but most interestingly, Canada has prohibited and restricted its use in cosmetics.
Perhaps Canada decided to pay attention to the limited research available on this chemical… The EWG lists a number of health hazards associated with TBHQ, such as:
  • One or more animal studies show liver effects at very low doses
  • One or more in vitro tests on mammalian cells show positive mutation results
  • One or more animal studies show biochemical changes at very low doses where the human health implications are not yet well understood
  • One or more animal studies show reproductive effects at high doses
The good news is that it is not suspected to be a persistent toxin, meaning your body is probably able to eliminate it so that it does not bioaccumulate.
As for the anti-foaming agent dimethyl polysiloxane, although it "sounds" bad, it does not appear to have any known toxicity, although I have to wonder if it's because it hasn't undergone any significant safety studies in the first place…

Other Dangerous Ingredients Found on McDonald's Menu

Whether or not TBHQ and dimethyl polysiloxane are necessarily worthy of significant concern, McDonald's foods contain plenty of other ingredients that can seriously harm your health.
If you have not yet seen Morgan Spurlock's documentary Super-Size Me, I highly recommend it. It's a real-life illustration of just how dangerous – life threatening, in fact – a fast food diet can really be! Morgan's life; his physique and his health, dramatically changes in just FOUR WEEKS when he switches to a 100 percent Mickey-D diet.
It's quite clear that fast food leads to obesity and insulin resistance – and just as Spurlock proved in his film, it doesn't take long.
It also doesn't take much: One 15-year study found that those who ate fast food twice a week or more gained 10 pounds more and were twice as likely to develop insulin resistance than those who ate it less than once a week, even after other lifestyle factors were accounted for.
But that's not all.
Many of the foods on their menu, especially those that contain "natural flavors" or "hydrolyzed protein" as ingredients, contain MSG. Glutamic acid (MSG) is a toxic substance that literally kills your brain cells.
For more in-depth information about MSG, I highly recommend reading Dr. Russell's Blaylock's book, Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills.
MSG makes the food taste good, no matter what it's made of, and it's inexpensive, making it the perfect processed food additive.
The bottom line is that if you want to stay healthy, and keep your children healthy, you have to avoid fast food and other processed foods, and invest some time in your kitchen, cooking from scratch.
Cooking for your children may actually have extremely far reaching benefits, because it is now well known that dietary changes can prompt epigenetic DNA changes that can be passed on to future generations. For instance, pregnant rats fed a fatty diet had daughters and granddaughters with a greater risk of breast cancer.
Could it be that we're just now starting to see the generational effects of our grandparents' and parents' penchant for processed foods?
But the good news is you can change the trend, and you can "override" genetic predispositions by choosing your foods wisely today.

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