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Monday, March 18, 2013

What's Really In Your Fast Food? Do You Want Lies With That?

Fast Food Lies

"I'll have a monosodium glutamate chicken sandwich, medium fries with polydimethylsiloxane, and a large glass of high-fructose corn syrup with caramel color additive." Of course, this isn't really how people order fast food, but it does accurately describe some of the ingredients that are found in fast foods today. Do you know what's in your fast food? Take a look.

Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) - is a flavor enhancer found mostly in Asian food. Although it's considered safe by the Food and Drug Administration, many people experience migraine headaches after consuming MSG. It's also not good for people with asthma and can cause nausea when consumed on an empty stomach. The chemical was researched by scientists in the 1980's to determine if it could damage brain tissue, but it was decided that this would not occur from normal food consumption.

Free Glutamate - is a combination of autolyzed yeast, hydrolyzed protein, or natural flavors. This is the substitute ingredient that McDonald's uses in their burgers, chicken nuggets and hash browns and advertise it as a good thing--no more MSG. The problem is that free glutamate acts the same way that MSG does. According to the FDA, "for anyone sensitive to MSG, free glutamate is to be avoided because high amounts of free glutamate will give an MSG sensitive person a reaction."

Salt - salt, or sodium chloride, is not bad in itself, in moderation, but fast food is loaded with it. Too much salt causes high blood pressure. The daily recommended amount of salt intake is 6 grams a day for adults, and 5 for children, or no more than 2400 milligrams of sodium. Here are some of the saltiest fast foods: Domino's Mac N Cheese has 1,760 mg of sodium, Subway's Spicy Italian 6 inch sub has 1,520 mg of sodium--even without the cheese, Wendy's Baja salad has 1,975 mg of sodium, and one little McDonald’s packet of ketchup contains 110 mg of sodium.

Polydimethylsiloxane - is a silicon manufactured by Dow Chemical that is used in food-manufacturing factories as a de-foaming agent for commercial boilers. In food, it is used as an anti-caking ingredient. This silicone is used in McDonald's Chicken McNuggets, Wendy's French fries, and Pizza Hut pizzas. Yummy!

High-fructose corn syrup - is a chemical that often replaces sugar and sugar substitutes because it is sweeter and cheaper. The problem with high-fructose corn syrup is that it is high in calories, has no nutritional value, and leads to obesity. Worse, this same ingredient is a preservative used to extend the shelf life of food.

So, the next time you order fast food, ask yourself, "What's in MY food?"

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