What Chicken McNuggets are really made of…

from the McDonald's website

So a friend of mine sent me this link. It’s a story apparently about “what’s really in a McNugget.” I’d never heard of the site, so I looked it and the site’s founder up on Wikipedia. It all seems pretty out there… but I’m only a tad skeptical about the McNugget article, because I know fast food is not good. And after reading this to my husband he promised not to buy it for our daughter anymore.

I guess I should have been more specific with him because he came home with a Wendy’s burger and fries for her yesterday.

Me: “I thought we agreed no fast food?”
Him: “We said no more nuggets. Wendy’s burgers are good.”

Sigh. I still have work to do here folks.

But I digress. That crazy article and others I’ve found agree (on Wikipedia, and this one, and this one): there’s some nasty ingredients in them thar McNuggets. You can see McDonald’s ingredient list  here.

One of those ingredients, Dimethylpolysiloxane, is added to the frying oil as an anti-foaming agent. It is also used in Silly Putty.

And then I found this article on the Huffington Post site. The picture is the most disturbing part. Wait… it’s all pretty disturbing. YUCK!

So this had me thinking this week that I need to experiment with a few recipes for homemade chicken nuggets. Then, of course, the same well-meaning-and-health-conscious friend sends me this link about chicken.


I’ve been wanting to get “cleaner” with my food. Nothing radical… but I want to be more conscious of what I eat.  A couple friends have said, “Oh, you should watch Food, Inc.” But I’m afraid if I do I won’t want to eat anything! And I can’t exactly start to raise chickens in my backyard. We’ll see. For starters I took out my Moosewood original cookbook and made the Bulgarian Pepper Casserole. It was (and is) delicious!

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16 thoughts on “What Chicken McNuggets are really made of…

    • They are. It’s sad to think that we’re “so busy” that we don’t have time to be aware of what we’re eating. I don’t want to say that my new year’s resolution is to eat clean all the time… but I definitely need to make baby steps in this direction. I want my daughter to grow up healthy. Thanks for visiting my blog! I’ll be checking out yours!

  1. I read about this about a year ago and I swear I have not had one since. Scared the beejesus out of me. I think its pretty impossible to eat clean all the time, but this was good enough to keep me from McDonald’s. I should thank someone actually for the diet plan!

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  3. Yikes. Those pictures are disgusting. But it’s a great way to educate people.

    We are not fast-food people; in fact, we hardly eat anything that is processed. Real food is so much for satisfying.

  4. okay- that scenario with your hubby was pretty funny. I agree – but eating fast food seems to come with the territory when you have kids… and that’s the challenge. I mean, can we talk Applebee’s or Ryan’s into putting in slides and play areas? I will say this – we don’t go to McD’s often – we go to ChickFilA (even tho they are more expensive) so please don’t send any gruesome articles about them or we’re SCREWED!

    • It is SUCH a challenge. In my fast-paced and busy life I try to look for the quickest and easiest options for weeknight dinners… I’m trying to cook more on the weekends so I have healthier go-to meals during the week. Sometimes it’s hard to get my husband on board… he is kind of “set” in his eating habits, which aren’t always wonderful. And I don’t want to change him (I KNOW I can’t)… but I want to teach my child that you can eat healthy with just a little advance planning.

      And sorry, ChickFiLa isn’t much better.


      They also use dimethylpolysiloxane in their frying oil… I guess it’s kind of a standard fast-food thing? Now I’m going to have to check all the other fast foods as well. Sigh.

      And I should tell you… I worked at Applebee’s for 2 years after college. There’s nothing homemade about anything there! Everything comes from a can or a jar… so you can imagine the list of ingredients on every food there.

  5. Way to go with trying to clean up your diet – it’s hard! I’m trying to do the same and it’s a challenge because you really do have to do research to learn how food has been handled. I’m becoming a fan of eating seasonal and local fruits and vegetables lately and that’s an adventure all its own learning how to cook it. Those nuggets – I had no idea! Awesome post!

    • Thank you… it’s crazy how much we don’t know (or ignore) about the food we put into our bodies. On my second blog (Clean. Green. Eat. Repeat.) I just posted a link about Robyn O’Brien… have you ever heard of her? Watch that video! It’s, like, freaky… and scary. Organic/local/seasonal all the way baby!

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  8. Food Inc was a really interesting look at things. If you take it in stride you can watch it without going off the deep end but i find myself thinking about things that used to be completely done without thought or consideration when it comes to the things we eat.

    • I just find my mind going off the deep end when it comes to food and what I am feeding my daughter and myself… but then I come full circle and I wind up being complacent again. But I haven’t been so complacent that I buy fast food for her or myself, so I guess that’s an improvement. Though I do miss those fries…. and then I think, is the silly putty stuff in there too? Probably. F**K.

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