Thinking of McDonald’s makes most people hungry in an instant.
And, honestly, who can resist the tasty, cheesy, creamy cheeseburger or French fries? Well, we got news for you, that will change your entire outlook on yummy fast food for good.
Health experts from all over the world agree that McDonald’s is one of the most dangerous food chain there is- and there is a good reason behind it!
First of all, this type of food leads to obesity and weight gain problems, which later on cause huge cardiovascular, cholesterol and digestion issues.
The thing to notice about the MacDonald’s food is its content, and the 10 main ingredients which will change your mind about them immediately. Here they are:
- Silicone Oil
The purpose of this compound serves, other than to make food, in the contact lenses production. Also known by the name dimethylpolysiloxane or silicone oil, this toxin can be found in caulking, lubricants and silly putty products.
Since it is not biodegradable, the compound is not used in cosmetic implantation products any more. Long story short, protect your health and stay away from unhealthy foods.
- Ammonium Sulfate
This compound represents an inorganic salt, mostly used as a fertilizer and is found in the making of flame retardants! The main problem that this salt causes is hormonal imbalance.
- Propylene Glycol
This chemical finds its main use in the car department- it is responsible for water absorption by antifreeze. On the other hand, it is widely used in food products, and this represents a serious health threat for all human kind.
Propylene glycol is also used to prevent burns, but could damage the skin if left on for too long. People that might find it potentially dangerous are those suffering from allergies and other skin conditions. Furthermore, the chemical is known to cause depression and central nervous system imbalance as well.
It usually goes by its abbreviation, so whenever you notice it, be aware. It is listed in the contents of many food products, mainly chips, snacks and of course, fast food. Also, you may find it on certain cosmetic products, like nail polishes, resins and lacquers. Although it is stated as ‘safe’, the TBHQ has been limited for use, especially in the food industry.
The side-effects of consuming TBHQ-rich products can cause worsened ADHD symptoms, stomach cancer and impaired DNA.
Even though people find fast food very affordable and easy, for some this has turned into a whole lifestyle. And that is a fact that needs to change as soon as possible.
The definition of cellulose is a processed wood pulp, and is located inside every fast food product on the menu. This is one of the most popular compounds in various foods, including cheese, salad dressing, muffins, strawberry syrup and junk food, too.
It is very used and loved by food makers, because it is promoted as a low-fat compound- which is actually true. And while people encourage themselves that they are eating low-carb products, they are also consuming a very harmful indigestible wood. So, think twice before you give cellulose the thumbs up!
- Carminic Acid
The carminic acid comes as a defense mechanism in insects, when they are protecting themselves from predators. Humans, however, use this to enrich food products coloring, which can be truly hazardous to their health.
When this process takes place, about 70,000 insects are killed, crushed and soaked in alcohol. This content produces one pound of dye. It may seem appalling to learn how insects are used in everyday life, but this is the ugly truth.
The carminic acid from bugs, aside from everything gross listed above, is also a leading culprit for asthmatic diseases and diarrhea.
This compound derives from human hair and duck feathers and is basically an amino acid. When it comes to eating, it is used to enhance the flavor of meat and to make pastries fluffier.
Now, what people are unaware of is that this compound can cause some grave health issues like chronic vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, rashes, fever, headache, drowsiness, low blood pressure and liver problems.
- Industrial Sand
Industrial sand finds its use in the making of glass, optical devices and cement. It is otherwise known as silica, and fast food chain restaurants love to use it, since it holds the meat together successfully.
But, this compound is even dangerous to inhale, let alone consume on a daily basis. While in factories, workers wear protective suits to steer clear from direct contact with the industrial sand, some people east it and do not complain about it. Pretty ironic, isn’t it?
The last of the list is dimethylpolysiloxane- a chemical present in silly putty and breast augmentation implants. It is based on formaldehyde, which is a well-known carcinogen.
- Prescription Drugs
Chicken meat is known to contain high levels of prescription drugs, such as antidepressants and drugs which are not yet tested, nor allowed on the market.
One study, conducted at Johns Hopkins University discovered that banned medication is often present inside all chicken products available in fast food restaurant chains.