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Gucciardi reports: "The fact that Burger King products contain horsemeat and the company denied the link to consumers before being forced to admit it due to DNA evidence reveals a few different things."

A Burger King sign at a store in Mountain View, Calif. (photo: AP)
A Burger King sign at a store in Mountain View, Calif. (photo: AP)



4 Fast Food Ingredients Worse Than Horse Meat

By Anthony Gucciardi, NaturalSociety

06 February 13

 

s you're likely aware, Burger King UK recently admitted that its famous fast food symbol the Whopper (and its other burgers) were actually made using horsemeat. In an admission that came just hours after denying the presence of horse meat in the burgers, the secret ingredient has been broadcast on media stations worldwide as a breaking news piece. But what about the ingredients we know exist in many fast food creations and are actually far more concerning?

The fact that Burger King products contain horsemeat and the company denied the link to consumers before being forced to admit it due to DNA evidence reveals a few different things. First of all, it sheds even more light on how fast food eaters truly have no idea what they're eating - a revelation that will be further revealed by exposing the known chemicals in these products. Secondly, it shows that Burger King either:

  • Possibility A: Genuinely does not care about consumers and has denied the existence of horsemeat in their products as to not incite profit loss and media turmoil.
  • Possibility B: Burger King genuinely has no idea what its own products contain. Whether it be horsemeat or other ingredients, they are honestly clueless.

It is debatable which of these possible scenarios is worse, however they both are concerning. Especially when you know what Burger King is telling you about. And that leads to the third thing that the horsemeat revelation tells us: considering the highly toxic chemicals and other admitted ingredients inside fast food products, a lack of true ingredients listing may mean an even more disturbing list of additives. As for what we do know, however, here are 4 fast food ingredients that are way worse than horsemeat:

1. Electronic Cigarette Filler, Synthetic Laxative

You may have fond memories of enjoying a Wendy's Frosty, but the lengthy and gut-wrenching list of chemicals that create what is labeled as a 'milkshake' contain more than one bad surprise. Wendy's Frosty contains the typical ensemble of fast food components such as traditionally-GMO corn syrup, artificial flavorings, and a list of thickening agents. Of the 14 ingredients it takes to create the fast food top seller, one chemical stands out. Contained in the Coffee Toffee Twisted Frosty, a laxative chemical and electronic cigarette filler known as propylene glycol is among the 25 new ingredients that make up this special Frosty.

Peer-reviewed research available on PubMed reveals that propylene glycol has been associated with neurotoxic effects in children and a reduction in the permeability of the blood brain barrier. Propylene glycol is also used "as the killing and preserving agent in pitfall traps, usually used to capture ground beetles." It just so happens to even be illegal in cat food.

Wendy's Toffee Twisted Frosty also contains mercury-filled high-fructose corn syrup.

2. Flour-Bleaching Agent Used in Yoga Mats, Foamed Plastics

If you were to use this yoga mat ingredient to produce food in another nation like Singapore, you would face fines up to $450,000 and 15 years in prison. In the United States, you can charge money and market the creation as the McRib. And that's exactly what McDonald's did. The McDonald's McRib not only contains GMOs, deadly chemicals, and harmful fillers,  but an ingredient known as azodicarbonamide. Banned in Australia, Europe, and Singapore, azodicarbonamide is used in the creation of foamed plastics like yoga mats.

The troubling chemical is one of the 70 ingredients that compromise the 'pork' in the McRib sandwich.

3. Silicone Breast Implant Filler

It really seems like McDonald's is attempting to utilize a long list of banned ingredients in order to create its world famous fast food cancer bombs. McDonald's Chicken McNuggets have a reputation as one of the worst food items on the planet for a reason. The so-called 'meat' of the nugget is actually made up of 7 different ingredients - not chicken. These include sodium phosphate, safflower oil, wheat starch, dextrose, and a particularly dangerous substance known as autolyzed yeast extract. While not the silicone breast implant chemical, but it is very similar in nature to MSG.

McDonald's chicken McNuggets are full of surprises for sure, also containing dimethylpolysiloxane. This is the chemical that is used in silicone breast implants and silly putty, or at least will be for a short while longer. Dimethylpolysiloxane is actually being phased out as a breast plant filler due to safety concerns by the industry. It is still used by McDonald's, however - at least in the US. McNuggets in Britain do not contain some of the dangerous chemicals that are so easily permitted in the US.

4. Chemical Salad

Is choosing the salad at a fast food establishment really the healthier choice? If you follow the marketing campaigns of these corporations, you may believe so. The sad truth, however, is that virtually every item sold in a fast food restaurant is tainted in some way with harsh chemicals and additives. Take McDonald's 'healthy' salads, for example. Not only does the 'cilantro lime glaze' and the 'orange glaze' used on many of these salads contain propylene glycol (the chemical discussed in #1 as the laxative and electronic cigarette filler), but a medley of others on this list as well.

Two chemicals, however, stand out with the salad. Disodium inosinate, and disodium guanylate both divulge the presence of MSG within the 'healthy' salad.

It may seem like old news to some, but the reality is that even 'healthy' fast food items are filled with toxic ingredients. Remember, it's not about the food itself (salad, for example), but what it contains. Until we realize that lettuce may contain more than the eye can perceive, such as pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, preservatives, flavor enhancers, sweeteners, and more, it will be impossible to establish what 'health' really means.

 

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+72 # tswhiskers 2013-02-06 12:47
Thank you so much for this article. So now we know that not only is the food cheap, it isn't really food. I hope this article and others like it can be widely disseminated to convince parents and other adults to avoid the fast food chains for the sake of everyone's health. These places are not only unhealthy, they are dangerous esp. for children. Now maybe I can persuade my sister that Wendy's is not nearly as healthy as its menu suggests.
 
 
+89 # ER444 2013-02-06 12:50
Americans have forgotten how to cook. I live in Germany and am shocked every time I visit my family in the states. Even a great number of those who don't eat at McDonalds and co. live on the prepared meals at the Giant. God knows what is in there. THEN we discovered last summer during my last visit there an absoloutely fabulous HUGE farmers market in the middle of the city where we could by delicious fresh produce from the outlying farms. It is possible to eat healthily in the US, and you don't even have to look very far. Get a cook book and get creative, it is healthy and fun.AND you can support a farmer's family in your region!!!
 
 
+41 # WestWinds 2013-02-07 05:55
My understanding is that all of the "fresh" food is GMO compliments of Monsanto. Eating healthy is going to require a major overhaul in the way we produce foods in this country and stricter regulation on the foods we import. I don't see this happening any time soon. Americans are all too passive in their acceptance of corporate domination and its race to the bottom.
 
 
+9 # NOMINAE 2013-02-09 00:22
Quoting WestWinds:
My understanding is that all of the "fresh" food is GMO compliments of Monsanto. Eating healthy is going to require a major overhaul in the way we produce foods in this country and stricter regulation on the foods we import. I don't see this happening any time soon. Americans are all too passive in their acceptance of corporate domination and its race to the bottom.


The "False Flag" words that Monsanto has officially adopted in order to "sail" it's GMOs into your system are "Natural" and "All Natural".

Either or both of these terms on a label almost always screams "GMOs, GMOs" !

For the chemically LESS POLLUTED food items, one must buy "Organic", and realize that even THAT is not always perfect !
 
 
+37 # BradFromSalem 2013-02-07 07:33
No we haven't forgotten how to cook, we just don't have the time. When women joined the workforce, the outcome should have been to take down the walls of women's tasks vs. men's tasks. With both parents working, their overall hours should have been reduced allowing time for both to share the responsibility of preparing the family meals.
But that is not what happened. Coinciding(?) with the increase of women in workplace came the inflation of the 70's. Which came first is not part of the discussion. What did happen is that when it was all over. Wages began their relative downward trajectory trapping more and more people into increased work hours. Nobody, especially middle (now muddle) class and poor families, had the energy to shop, chop, heat and eat. Instead everyone gets into the mode of stop and chomp.
This entire article has so many tentacles into the problems that envelop the modern world. Mostly it is about amoral corporations that commodify people into worker resource units and seek assured profits guaranteed by their manipulation of safety and disclosure laws.
In order to overcome the poisoning, we need transparency in our food chain, fair wages at fair hours. Personally, my quick rule of thumb in the grocery store is to pick the item with the shorter list of ingredients. Fast food like McDonald's is a once or twice year occurence; I much prefer Chipolte. There are others, it can be done.
 
 
+55 # spercepolnes 2013-02-06 20:45
"AND you can support a farmer's family in your region!!!"
Very important. We have farmers markets here in Perth, West Australia. You can talk to the people who produce the food, and, they cut out all the middlemen, so, they can sell it cheaper, yet still get more for their produce. Great ideas. Normally great food, as well.
 
 
+25 # WestWinds 2013-02-07 06:01
When I moved into this Florida town almost eight years ago, there was an organic food co-op and a farmer's market close by. Today, both are gone and we have two big box chain stores (Walmart and Publix) in their place. I don't know if the healthy food places went out of business because people preferred the convenience of one-stop shopping, or if these small businesses were bought out and closed by the corporate competition. In any event, the results are the same; we only have choices between one corporate retailer or another.
 
 
+39 # brux 2013-02-06 20:53
A little dramatic but something to keep in mind.

I'd like everyone to put our heads together and try to figure out a way to starve the big key militant corporations like they have tried to starve us.

Put McDonald's, Burger King and others out of business if they continue to promulgate this factory food system that we have. Put the canned food makers out of business if they cannot bring us fresh food without so much salt that it causes a national epidemic of high-blood pressure and contributes to the diabetes epidemic.

The businesses started under a promise to bring us healthy food, and now we have found that virtually all of them are about getting us addicted to corporate America mentally and physically and passing us from the corporations that make us sick to the corporations that make us well.

We have an inhuman toxic system that we need to find a way to take down, and sitting around calling them names or exaggerating about them is not really the solution.
 
 
+36 # She Cee 2013-02-06 20:53
What are these god-awful people trying to prove? That they can get away with anything and feed us or sell us anything, no matter how dangerous it may be to our well being? DAy after day I read articles that make me sick and our government permits these disgustingly perverse people to continue to kill us and the earth in pursuit of the all-mighty dollar. When will it end? Do they think their riches will protect them? When we can no longer survive as a result of their poisoning everything do they think they will be immune to the devastation they have wrought? I feel all is hopeless if we are constantly betrayed by those who are supposed to be protecting us.
 
 
+20 # WestWinds 2013-02-07 06:04
You might consider joining the Green Party. They don't subscribe to the corporate insanity. Maybe instead of being disgusted you could put that energy toward changing things for the better. Just a thought...
 
 
+6 # NOMINAE 2013-02-09 00:46
Quoting She Cee:
What are these god-awful people trying to prove? That they can get away with anything and feed us or sell us anything, no matter how dangerous it may be to our well being? ..... our government permits these disgustingly perverse people to continue to kill us and the earth in pursuit of the all-mighty dollar........


The modern environment is *literally* like navigating a mine field for the health-consciou s. I will GO WITHOUT FOOD before I walk into a Fast "Food" outlet for anything.

Paying for, and consuming a pile of chemical goo is NOT "feeding" myself. It is "poisoning" myself, and PAYING for the "privilege".

Americans LOVE "convenience", but they don't stop to recognize that Fast Foods, not even BEING foods, are NOT a "more convenient" substitute for actual human nutrition.

It's not comparing "food" to "food", it's comparing "food" to plates full of "poison". That does not seem to me to be an overly complicated choice to "call".

For us to assume that all products are what they SEEM, or even are what the manufacturer SAYS they are, is sadly naive. I am also weary of all the "detective work" necessary to protect myself and loved ones, especially children, from these 24/7 scams, but it IS "necessary".

On trips overnight or longer, I cook and freeze organic meals to take WITH ME. On trips short and long, I also carry various organic "gut plugs" for the road. Almonds, energy bars, etc. that I know to be safe.
 
 
+22 # Cdesignpdx 2013-02-06 21:24
OMG! Ronald McDonald is really Chucky in disguise!
Here's one great fast-food chain, Burgerville (www.burgerville.com). If you live in the Northwest or come for a visit, drop in for organic, locally sourced meat, produce, dairy and fish – the fish-burger is to die for and is a halibit filet. No, I'm not an employee or investor just like a dose of good-for-me fast-food.
 
 
0 # soularddave 2013-02-09 22:17
I go for the Tillimuk cheese.
 
 
+25 # DaveM 2013-02-06 22:09
There is no reason fast food joints cannot use quality ingredients. Prices would no doubt increase, but I'd be happy to pay them for a meal that bore at least some resemblance to being wholesome food.

The irony of it all is that Ray Kroc spent most of his life developing McDonald's by promoting ground beef as a pure food product free of fillers, additives, and all the stuff common in the "hamburger" of the day and, it seems, in its modern component. He would not have tolerated what McDonald's serves today, any more than Sam Walton would tolerate a Wal-Mart filled with Asian-manufactu red products.
 
 
+3 # NOMINAE 2013-02-11 20:59
Quoting DaveM:
There is no reason fast food joints cannot use quality ingredients. Prices would no doubt increase, but I'd be happy to pay them for a meal that bore at least some resemblance to being wholesome food.

The irony of it all is that Ray Kroc spent most of his life developing McDonald's by promoting ground beef as a pure food product free of fillers, additives, and all the stuff common in the "hamburger" of the day and, it seems, in its modern component. He would not have tolerated what McDonald's serves today, any more than Sam Walton would tolerate a Wal-Mart filled with Asian-manufactured products.


Good Post ! Ray Kroc went to all that work, and now his outlets and many others are serving "Pink Slime" (treated with ammonia) in the place of actual beef.
 
 
+5 # cwbystache 2013-02-07 05:32
from Wikipedia:

Propylene glycol is considered Generally Recognized As Safe by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and it is used as [...] preservative in food and for tobacco products, as well as being the major ingredient in the liquid used in electronic cigarettes [...] also used in pharmaceutical and personal care products [...] is a solvent in many pharmaceuticals , including oral, injectable and topical formulations, such as for diazepam and lorazepam that are insoluble in water, use propylene glycol as a solvent in their clinical, injectable forms [...] The acute oral toxicity of propylene glycol is very low, and large quantities are required to cause perceptible health damage in humans; [...] Serious toxicity generally occurs only at plasma concentrations over 1 g/L, which requires extremely high intake over a relatively short period of time [...] It would be nearly impossible to reach toxic levels by consuming foods or supplements, which contain at most 1 g/kg of PG. Cases of propylene glycol poisoning are usually related to either inappropriate intravenous administration or accidental ingestion of large quantities by children. The potential for long-term oral toxicity is also low [...] Because of its low chronic oral toxicity, propylene glycol was classified by the U. S. Food and Drug Administration as "generally recognized as safe" (GRAS) for use as a direct food additive.
 
 
+4 # robniel 2013-02-07 08:43
Anthony Gucciardi should realize that almost all food ingredients have other uses and the fact that they do does not necessarily brand them as dangerous or undesirable. His vivid descriptions of some of these uses (such as for propylene glycol) act to sensationalize the situation and in many cases raise unrealistic fears.
 
 
+20 # tbcrawford 2013-02-07 10:00
"Generally Recognized As Safe by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration"
This is your first mistake. Tragically, the FDA is frequently corrupt to the extreme. That Michael Taylor, ex attorney for Monsanto, protector of GMOs and now Food Safety tsar at the FDA is a current reality. Not everything done by the FDA is subject to amoral behavior, of course, but when future control of global agriculture is at stake, corporations get nasty. Like with all else, follow the money.
 
 
+3 # NOMINAE 2013-02-09 00:58
@ cwbystache

Yup, all that you mention is correct. Propylene Glycol is ALSO the main ingredient in Auto Antifreeze and Airplane deicer. Drinking Antifreeze is a known choice in suicide cases.

The amount of the chemical in any one application is not an accurate way to judge the toxicity level. Like mercury, lead, and other toxic substances, the problem is with *accumulation* of toxic levels in the body.

When the body has trouble either storing or eliminating these toxins, the eventual toxic buildup MUST be dealt with. And, its not just manmade toxins. Propylene glycol, like arsenic and cyanide is ORGANIC. Just don't let too much build up in your system.

Either THAT, or just avoid known carcinogens and toxins to begin with.

Chewers Choice
 
 
+31 # Selwick 2013-02-07 05:49
It surprises me that anybody is still surprised about this. If anybody –fairly educated - out there still thought that the government, the corporations, the health care(?) system, banks, or any other big institutions have our best interests in mind and are doing business to show their honesty and integrity then you have been having your head in the sand for way too long.

Stop eating fast food, stop eating processed food, stop drinking sodas, NO EXCEPTIONS!!!

Why are we one of the most unhealthy people in the world, why are our kids already loaded with sicknesses and weaknesses by the time they enter middle school? It’s the food!
And if you are a parent, are you aware what they are feeding your kid for lunch? Crap. The cafeterias in most schools run on the money they make through their sales. Don’t buy school lunch. Pack lunch for your kid.
But, ohh the inconvenience! Yes, it is inconvenient to change things.

However, you either get your butt off the couch and start changing your own lifestyle or quit whining and go down with the stupid masses.
 
 
+13 # MidwestTom 2013-02-07 05:54
This article is right on in it's description of the fast food. The amazing thing I recently was told by a fast food executive,; the average family that eats a McDonalds has a household income of $60,000 per year.

The massive proliferation of fast food restaurants is yet another result of the divide between informed, and uninformed citizens. As the education in this country continues it's dumbing down collapse, what is the role of the informed citizen? We feel that we are individually responsible for our families, but is it our role to educate the dumbest?
 
 
+8 # Selwick 2013-02-07 09:46
Can the dumbest even be educated?
 
 
+22 # Abigail 2013-02-07 05:57
Eat at home
 
 
+3 # NOMINAE 2013-02-09 01:03
Quoting Abigail:
Eat at home


Unless you have purchased processed, "natural" and inorganic foods and soda to BRING home.
 
 
+32 # Midwestgeezer 2013-02-07 06:05
And, the "icing" on the cake is this: These nationwide brands, be they fast-food, box-stores (WalMart, etc.)pharmacies , ad infinitum, while they create a few mediocre or poor paying jobs, are sucking the economic lifeblood out of small and medium-sized town all over America.
Who knows where the money goes? In the case of WalMart, for example, it ends up in Arkansas where much of it is recycled into right-wing anti-worker political might.
One of the Walton heirs is, at last count, worth $26,000,000,000 .00.(yes, that's BILLION!) No doubt she favors right-to-work (for less) laws so as to accumulate more!
"Her" employees, many of whom are eligible for food stamps are said to be "takers". Who, we should ask, is truly being subsidized (a taker), that poorly paid employee trying to feed their family or the WalMart heir who accumulates more wealth on their backs and the backs of taxpayers.
As we travel the country in our retirement years, we find it almost impossible to find a local cafe in many small towns. We find pretty little towns with their town square storefronts boarded up and on the edge of town along the taxpayer built interchange, a WalMart with all of its attractions, fast-food emporiums and other franchise operations whose HQ is God knows where, sucking their economis strength.
 
 
+6 # Todd Williams 2013-02-07 07:55
The only fast food I eat is an occasional BK veggie burger. I assumed that this sandwhich couldn't be that bad. Was I wrong? If so, I would have no trouble avoiding them.
 
 
+8 # Selwick 2013-02-07 09:44
Don't go there at all. Change your habits.
 
 
+14 # reiverpacific 2013-02-07 08:53
I don't do fast food -I love to cook, cull, recycle and create my own food which I found to be one of the best influences of my world travels, and a mother post WW11 who was a talented, creative cook, baker, gardener and could conjure up wonderful meals from very little in the residual days of rationing.
BUT here in Oregon, there is a state-based chain called "Burgerville" which a few years ago under a new CEO, totally turned around and now uses only Oregon raised, grass fed beef for their Burgers and certified and verifiable organic greens for their salads. And they are flourishing.
I also find it doubly ironic and amusing that since the advent of the (in my opinion) appalling Food/cooking channel, more people in the US are watching celebrity chefs and talking meat-heads, and cooking less. I imagine obese families gathered around the huge flickrin' screen, avidly watching "star(???)" chefs preparing dishes they will never summon up the energy to make, whilst stuffing themselves with Mickey-D's mush (kangaroo meat at one time) and Pizza Hut slops whilst being almost intravenously attached to "Super-sized" gassy sugar water
Cooking and respect for food should be taught in all high schools; that would be a good start.
 
 
+14 # tbcrawford 2013-02-07 10:10
Get involved with your kids'schools and help them introduce gardens...The Edible Schoolyard is an inspiring website now probably reporting on an event near you! To see young children planting and preparing the kale and beans they grew and cooked and sitting down to eat them seems is as festive as a birthday party. What can be better than enjoying the fruits/veggies of your own labor! Yum...
 
 
+2 # lcotler 2013-02-09 11:51
Discussing foods, ingredients, health, poisons…is NOT the point, problem, or path to fixing what's wrong with our culture. Get underneath it. Find out why our culture is the way it is. Check out this YouTube channel NOW:

Three videos (so far) from ClassWarFilms:

The Manifesto: "Let Your Life Be a Friction to Stop the Machine"
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article30620.htm

"Stop the Megaloads!"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HoKW771tG_Q

"Political Fraud
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=koT2HxenZ5U


These films will shake you. AND THEY ARE SHORT, FAST-FILMS!
 
 
+5 # RnR 2013-02-09 11:52
Ah yes, the FDA, a wholly owned subsidiary of Monsanto. BTW, anybody paying attention to Congress destroying the Post Office? Supposedly, UPS is already in on the privatization through Imhoff et. al.

This is treason (or, actually, more treason).
 

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