12 Dangerous and Toxic Ingredients Still Used by the Golden Arches

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You probably know a lot of people like this: They claim that they only eat “healthy” food, but you still see them heading out to the Golden Arches for lunch at least several times a month. Oh yes, they do serve salads, but you rarely see anyone eating those salads from Mickey D’s, do you now?

We aren’t picking on the Golden Arches — almost all fast food chains are the same — but Mickey D’s is the largest of all the chains. Numerous research studies have shown that our modern day Westernized/fast food diet leads to numerous diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. It really makes you sit back and wonder why it is that billions and billions of toxic, disease-filled meals are being served every day.

The two main things that seem to keep Mickey D’s in business are cheap prices and availability. There are Golden Arches in every country and, in America, on every street corner it seems. In some cases, it is actually understandable. In some locations, the Golden Arches offers a “family meal deal” of four large burgers, French fries, sodas (which are refilled for free), and chicken nuggets for the little ones for 10 bucks. If your family is on a tight budget, who could resist this kind of meal instead of heading down to Whole Foods and getting three large heads of organic broccoli for the same price?

Unfortunately, fast food places are aware of this, which is why they price a burger for $1.50, and a salad is $6.  However, you have to ask yourself, is the low price you are paying now worth the health consequences and money you will have to pay later?

The world’s addiction to Mickey D’s is downright scary stuff, and since the chain isn’t going to disappear or go out of business anytime soon, then you should at least know some of the worst toxic ingredients that are found on every single Mickey D menu.

We didn’t make these things up — you can find all of these ingredients online at their website with a complete list of every single toxic ingredient that they use.  There are plenty of toxins in their food to go around, but we have picked out 12 of the worst offenders. It’s hard to understand how, after reading this list, anyone could ever agree to eat this kind of junk again.


1.  Sorbic Acid

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration lists this chemical as a strong irritant. In large quantities, it can even cause damage to body tissues including the skin, eyes, and respiratory tract. Isn’t it nice to think of putting this kind of stuff in your mouth?


2. Dimethylpolysiloxane

First off, anything with a name that long has no business being in your food. This is an anti-foaming agent.  Dimethylpolysiloxane is a type of silicone that is often used in cosmetics and things like Silly Putty. Have you ever considered eating your kids’ Silly Putty? Then why would anyone ever consider eating this at Mickey D’s?


3. Acrylamide

Although you might find a few of the menu items at the Golden Arches vary from country to country, there is one thing that is sold in every single location in every single country in the world: French fries. They’re sometimes served with salsa or gravy, but no matter what they might add to them, all French fries contain this one thing: Acrylamides. This isn’t something that the Golden Arches deliberately adds to their foods, like many other things.  Instead, this comes as a result of frying at high temperatures.  When it comes to frying potatoes, acrylamide levels tend to be higher than other foods.  This chemical is on California’s Proposition 65 list, which means it has strong links to cancer, and it must be listed as such. This substance is listed as a chemical that is a human carcinogen by the National Toxicology Program. The length of time a food is fried can affect acrylamide levels. This means that if your French fries are cooked longer and their color is a darker shade of tan, then they will have a higher level of acrylamide than those cooked for a shorter period of time. Wouldn’t it make more sense if they called these things Cancer Fries, rather than French Fries?

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