I’m not going to deny the fact that I eat McDonald’s. Sometimes all I want is a 20 piece chicken nugget and a chocolate shake. And by sometimes I mean all of the time. But some might argue that what I’m actually eating isn’t real meat.
In order to fight their critics, McDonald’s has launched a PR campaign called “Our food. Your Questions.” This will give customers an unprecedented look at exactly how their food is made.
The company admits to using the chemical additive azodicarbonamide in their buns, which is the same chemical you can find in yoga mats. But they claim it’s safe. However, that’s only the buns.
McDonald’s said, “There are varied uses for azodicarbonamide, including in some non-food products, such as yoga mats. As a result, some people have suggested our food contains rubber or plastic, or that the ingredient is unsafe. It’s simply not the case. Think of salt: the salt you use in your food at home is a variation of the salt you may use to de-ice your sidewalk. The same is true of ADA – it can be used in different ways.”
McDonald’s also admits to using dimethylpolysiloxane (I can’t even pronounce it) in their food, which is used as an anti-foaming agent in their McNugget frying oil. However, they still say their patties are “100% beef.” Their chief brand manager said that customers should “not judge us before you know us.” Okay, I’m probably still going to eat McDonald’s some time in the near future, no lie, but I might think twice now before doing it. Some guy in London did what the kids are calling a “McMarathon” and ate at every single McDonald’s in London in one day. Check out the video on the next page.
I wonder if he knows he’s eating dimethylpolysiloxane? Or if he knows how to say it, because it’s been 10 minutes and I still can’t. There are 46 McDonald’s restaurants in London alone. He ate at every single one of them. Yikes.
Is there a such thing as a McDonald’s hangover? If there is, I’m sure he was feeling it the next day. You may well have heard of a movie called Supersize Me where a man eats McDonald’s every single day for every single meal for a month. We had to watch it in my health class when I was a kid. I didn’t eat McDonald’s for almost eight months after that. But now I’m hungry, so if you’d excuse me I’m gonna go grab me some nuggets. Nugs before drugs, kids.