Dr. Jim's LEAN Quiz: Do you know what these ingredients are for?

June 10, 2011 at 10:35am

White boneless chicken, water, food starch-modified, salt, seasoning [autolyzed yeast extract, salt, wheat starch, natural flavoring (botanical source), safflower oil, dextrose, citric acid], sodium phosphates, natural flavor (botanical source). Battered and breaded with: water, enriched flour (bleached wheat flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), yellow corn flour, bleached wheat flour, food starch-modified, salt, leavening (baking soda, sodium acid pyrophosphate, sodium aluminum phosphate, monocalcium phosphate, calcium lactate), spices, wheat starch, dextrose, corn starch. Prepared in vegetable oil (Canola oil, corn oil, soybean oil, hydrogenated soybean oil with TBHQ and citric acid added to preserve freshness). Dimethyl polysiloxane added as an antifoaming agent.


Here are a few of the "less than desirable" ingredients from this product:

  • Hydrogenated soybean oil
  • Autolyzed yeast extract
  • Food starch modified
  • Corn starch
  • Dextrose
  • Sodium phosphate
  • Thiamin mononitrate
  • Tertiary butylhydroquinone
  • Dimethyl polysiloxane

Give up?


You are looking at the ingredients of McDonald's Chicken McNuggets ®.  Well, the chicken may have been a giveaway, but don't be fooled, it is less than half of the actual ingredients. 


To see more details about these ingredients and to download the entire ingredient list for McDonald's® food, go to: