McDonald’s is aggressively pushing its Chicken McNuggets with a deal that prices each nugget at just one quarter.
What you need to know:
A serving is 4 McNuggets, according to McDonalds. So this deal is supposed to feed 5 people. Yeah, right…
Each “serving” is 190 calories, 10 grams of protein, and 400 mg of sodium. There’s no fiber or any other nutrients worthy of mention. If you share the deal with one friend, you need to multiply the data by 2.5. You’ll be consuming 500 calories, and 1000 mg of sodium (over 40% of the daily max).
Here’s the ingredient list (over 30):
White boneless chicken, water, food starch-modified, salt, seasoning [yeast extract, salt, wheat starch, natural flavoring (botanical source), safflower oil, dextrose, citric acid], sodium phosphate, 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). Dimethylpolysiloxane added as an antifoaming agent.
What do you think?
Shouldn’t chicken nuggets be made from just 4 ingredients – chicken, bread crumbs, eggs, and frying oil?
Only if you made them at home. But McDonald’s over-processes the chicken meat to a point where what you are eating has nothing to do with the original meat.
So why is this a bad deal?
- Because the second ingredient is WATER! Water is cheap. So is the food starch, that when mixed with the water and added to the pulverized chicken bits creates a much bulkier product than just chicken.
- Because the product itself is made from the lowest quality ingredients, including controversial additives such as TBHQ and Dimethylpolysiloxane.
- Because most likely you’ll be tempted to add a coke and fries for another $5.