4 Fast Food Ingredients Way Worse than Horse Meat

As you’re likely aware, Burger King UK recently admitted that its famous fast food symbol the Whopper (and its other burgers) were actually made using horsemeat. In an admission that came just hours after denying the presence of horse meat in the burgers, the secret ingredient has been broadcast on media stations worldwide as a breaking news piece. But what about the ingredients we know exist in many fast food creations and are actually far more concerning?

The fact that Burger King products contain horsemeat and the company denied the link to consumers before being forced to admit it due to DNA evidence reveals a few different things. First of all, it sheds even more light on how fast food eaters truly have no idea what they’re eating — a revelation that will be further revealed by exposing the known chemicals in these products. Secondly, it shows that Burger King either:

  • Possibility A: Genuinely does not care about consumers and has denied the existence of horsemeat in their products as to not incite profit loss and media turmoil.
  • Possibility B: Burger King genuinely has no idea what its own products contain. Whether it be horsemeat or other ingredients, they are honestly clueless.

It is debatable which of these possible scenarios is worse, however they both are concerning. Especially when you know what Burger King is telling you about. And that leads to the third thing that the horsemeat revelation tells us: considering the highly toxic chemicals and other admitted ingredients inside fast food products, a lack of true ingredients listing may mean an even more disturbing list of additives. As for what we do know, however, here are 4 fast food ingredients that are way worse than horsemeat:

1. Electronic Cigarette Filler, Synthetic Laxative

You may have fond memories of enjoying a Wendy’s Frosty, but the lengthy and gut-wrenching list of chemicals that create what is labeled as a ‘milkshake’ contain more than one bad surprise. Wendy’s Frosty contains the typical ensemble of fast food components such as traditionally-GMO corn syrup, artificial flavorings, and a list of thickening agents. Of the 14 ingredients it takes to create the fast food top seller, one chemical stands out. Contained in the Coffee Toffee Twisted Frosty, a laxative chemical and electronic cigarette filler known as propylene glycol is among the 25 new ingredients that make up this special Frosty.

Peer-reviewed research available on PubMed reveals that propylene glycol has been associated with neurotoxic effects in children and a reduction in the permeability of the blood brain barrier. Propylene glycol is also used ”as the killing and preserving agent in pitfall traps, usually used to capture ground beetles.” It just so happens to even be illegal in cat food.

Wendy’s Toffee Twisted Frosty also contains mercury-filled high-fructose corn syrup.

2. Flour-Bleaching Agent Used in Yoga Mats, Foamed Plastics

If you were to use this yoga mat ingredient to produce food in another nation like Singapore, you would face fines up to $450,000 and 15 years in prison. In the United States, you can charge money and market the creation as the McRib. And that’s exactly what McDonald’s did. The McDonald’s McRib not only contains GMOs, deadly chemicals, and harmful fillers,  but an ingredient known as azodicarbonamide. Banned in Australia, Europe, and Singapore, azodicarbonamide is used in the creation of foamed plastics like yoga mats.

The troubling chemical is one of the 70 ingredients that compromise the ‘pork’ in the McRib sandwich.

3. Silicone Breast Implant Filler

It really seems like McDonald’s is attempting to utilize a long list of banned ingredients in order to create its world famous fast food cancer bombs. McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets have a reputation as one of the worst food items on the planet for a reason. The so-called ‘meat’ of the nugget is actually made up of 7 different ingredients — not chicken. These include sodium phosphate, safflower oil, wheat starch, dextrose, and a particularly dangerous substance known as autolyzed yeast extract. While not the silicone breast implant chemical, but it is very similar in nature to MSG.

McDonald’s chicken McNuggets are full of surprises for sure, also containing dimethylpolysiloxane. This is the chemical that is used in silicone breast implants and silly putty, or at least will be for a short while longer. Dimethylpolysiloxane is actually being phased out as a breast plant filler due to safety concerns by the industry. It is still used by McDonald’s, however – at least in the US. McNuggets in Britain do not contain some of the dangerous chemicals that are so easily permitted in the US.

4. Chemical Salad

Is choosing the salad at a fast food establishment really the healthier choice? If you follow the marketing campaigns of these corporations, you may believe so. The sad truth, however, is that virtually every item sold in a fast food restaurant is tainted in some way with harsh chemicals and additives. Take McDonald’s ‘healthy’ salads, for example. Not only does the ‘cilantro lime glaze’ and the ‘orange glaze’ used on many of these salads contain propylene glycol (the chemical discussed in #1 as the laxative and electronic cigarette filler), but a medley of others on this list as well.

Two chemicals, however, stand out with the salad. Disodium inosinate, and disodium guanylate both divulge the presence of MSG within the ‘healthy’ salad.

It may seem like old news to some, but the reality is that even ‘healthy’ fast food items are filled with toxic ingredients. Remember, it’s not about the food itself (salad, for example), but what it contains. Until we realize that lettuce may contain more than the eye can perceive, such as pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, preservatives, flavor enhancers, sweeteners, and more, it will be impossible to establish what ‘health’ really means.

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31 Responses to "4 Fast Food Ingredients Way Worse than Horse Meat"

  1. Justin  February 7, 2013 at 11:12 am

    its a myth that msg is harmful too you..http://thetastespace.wordpress.com/2012/10/05/umami-and-the-myth-of-msg/ things like tomatoes for instance contain high amounts of msg but none the less wouldn’t touch a macers salad.

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  2. HeroMAY  February 7, 2013 at 11:20 am

    Scary stuff!

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  3. Maggie  February 7, 2013 at 11:21 am

    While you direct your comments to “fast food”, you seem to ignore the fact that the most of chemicals & ingredients are also found in the food on the average grocery stores shelves. The lettuce at McDonald’s has the same pesticides and whatnot as the stuff you grab in the produce section. I think we all know that “fast food” is not particularly good for us. Obviously, though, no matter how yucky-sounding, it won’t kill us immediately either. So really, unless we are to raise our own crops & livestock, practically speaking, all the “scare tactics” are a little much. We’re all dying, from the moment we take our first breath. Good mental health equals good physical health, and running around worrying about what the latest thing that’s going to kill us isn’t really promoting that.

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    • Rush Alvarado  February 7, 2013 at 11:41 am

      Yes, you are right, but we all have the choice to buy it like it is, or find an alternate product at the grocery stores. You can’t go to Fast food restaurants and have a choice of “pink slime chicken nuggets” and “real chicken nuggets”.

    • JustinKC  February 7, 2013 at 4:15 pm

      you sound unhealthy

    • magdalena  February 13, 2013 at 2:20 pm

      two questions
      1. how much do you get paid by MC
      2. how much do you weigh…
      wait. don’t worry.. i already know the answer

  4. Rush Alvarado  February 7, 2013 at 11:35 am

    We have to organise our lives better and start doing our own meals. Fast food survives because we get tired our of work, don’t want to do anything, don’t want to cook, to wash dishes. We can’t be fast living people, take it slow!

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  5. Fred BluntStoned  February 7, 2013 at 11:36 am

    Do you know that water is used in nuclear reactors! Just think about that the next time you pick up a glass! :o

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    • freelanceanarchist  February 7, 2013 at 11:49 pm

      Looks like you blew a logic circuit, Fred.

  6. Lea Zafirovska  February 7, 2013 at 11:45 am

    Thank you for this article. I never eat fast food, I don’t know how diet coke tastes at all, and cook my own food with basic ingredients bought at the organic shop. I hope people will realize soon that they have to change their habits.

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  7. Shelley Lynn Willier  February 7, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    Those ingredients won’t kill us immediately, but they do leave toxins in your body which will kill you eventually. Why eat food-like substances when there are other options out there that are real food? I don’t understand why people try to justify their choice to be lazy and eat fast food. There are those of us out there that want to hear these truths and if it serves you no purpose don’t waste my time writing about “were dying from the day we take our first breath” If thats your attitude then I don’t care what you have to say about health in general.

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  8. Lisa Schreffler  February 7, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    I agree with Shelley. That kind of attitude is exactly why the companies get away with being able to sell this crap to us as food! We don’t have to just accept it because someone says we should. It is amazing what a company will try to SELL us so that they can profit. An FDA approval on a product means nothing to me! As far as I am concerned, the FDA can be disbanded. They serve no purpose and if any federal money goes there, that should be the first thing eliminated to reduce our federal budget.

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  9. Lily  February 7, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    I’m just curious: what is wrong with horsemeat? Sure the adverts all say it’s 100 percent beef. So the lying part is quite appalling. But why does this article make it sound like horsemeat is just one rung above chemical toxic stuff. This is not to incite any discussion on veganism, I’m just curious why is horsemeat — a staple in Central Asian diet, and a delicacy in northern European countries — is being demonized here?

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    • Russell  February 7, 2013 at 6:19 pm

      It’s not. Read the article and you will see that they are saying that the fact horse meat is in burgers when it has not been declared, and that Burger King denied the existence of horse meat before admitting it suggests one of two things:

      “Possibility A: Genuinely does not care about consumers and has denied the existence of horsemeat in their products as to not incite profit loss and media turmoil.

      Possibility B: Burger King genuinely has no idea what its own products contain. Whether it be horsemeat or other ingredients, they are honestly clueless.”

      At no point in the article did anyone say that horse meat itself is unhealthy. This opinion can only be reached if you read the title, skim read the article and see chemicals, then proceed to decide that 2+2=5.

    • Luna  February 7, 2013 at 8:50 pm

      Horse meat is a delicacy in parts of Italy (Sardegna) you mention Northern Europe. Where in Northern EUrope are you thinking of? As It’s not in any of the Scandinavian countries, not UK and not Germany. Baltic states, Poland etc is Eastern Europe.

    • Jim W  February 10, 2013 at 7:41 pm

      It certainly is a delicacy in France. Tried a dish in Paris. It was delicious. People have, for good reason, more of an emotional attachment to horses than cows. We don’t ride cows and usually don’t have names for them.

  10. Läwren Giorgio  February 7, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    I agree with Maggie, also…what about all the drugs we are pumping into the mouths of our “depressed” nation? A.K.A America. No one ever talks about that. There’s a sickness for everything. We are numb to how we really are. It’s sad when people worry about such insanity. I never trust “organic” as well. Unless your growing your own crops, and raising and slaughtering your own meat sources…you really never know. Life is too short, stop worrying and enjoy it while you’re here.

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  11. Hinriksson  February 7, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    Well, horse meat is really very healthy choice… really good protein source

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  12. clay  February 7, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    Arguing with trolls is pointless. Those of us who still have brain cells left are learning or practicing safe eating habits, including eating organic and staying away from processed foods so as to not be in contact with severely harmful chemicals. These have been linked to cancer and other organ malfunctions, there is no arguing that. And yes, the body does follow the mind and therefore we should be living our lives with a loving disposition towards all, but while we have a positive outlook on life, we must also shy away from ignorance.

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  13. Scherzo Mezzo  February 7, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    Our only option today is try to stay as healthy as we can, As much as we can – as commercial macro-strategies are undermining our God-given right to subsist.

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  14. comrade conrad  February 7, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    This is stupid poor propaganda at best. no real sources. the wiki link for the e cig filler under safety, on humans it says it is nearly impossible to consume enough food with it in there to be harmful. these scare tactics are annoying. what i dont like though is how old monsanto boss is head of fda now. thats something to be looked into

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  15. Elaine Penn  February 7, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    azodicarbonamide is found in over 1000 commercial foods, not just the McRib: http://www.foodfacts.com/index.php?option=com_products&view=products_search&searchWord=azodicarbonamide&searchType=Ingredients&id=-999

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  16. Elaine Penn  February 7, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    Exactly. The “gym mat” chemical is found in 1000s of products http://www.foodfacts.com/index.php?option=com_products&view=products_search&searchWord=azodicarbonamide&searchType=Ingredients&id=-999

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  17. ILoveChickenMcNuggetsLawlz  February 7, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    I’ve been eating fast food my whole life…and i’m 130% sure it’s done nothing to harm me and my body is probably healthier than yours…you’ll probably die before me too. Just sayin. I agree with some other people on this page, life is too short to be worrying about all that mumbo jumbo. I bet you spend 1/4 of your life just preparing your own food, seems like a lot of life your missing out on.

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    • Goodfordatsoul  February 7, 2013 at 10:00 pm

      If you took the time to teach yourself how to cook with healthy organic foods you would see how much better tasting that is than fake tits. What makes you so healthy taking all the meds your doctor prescribes to you? Open your eyes, this world is so fake I can hardly believe I’m here sometimes. But its time for a serious change. Try quinoia with veggies and black beans (more protein in 4 oz of beans than a 4 oz piece of meat and youre not slaughtering an animal) youre welcome :)

  18. Patrick  February 8, 2013 at 1:59 am

    I grow my own food. I raid my own chickens. I eat totally organic. It is my choice to do all of these things because I feel better and have a clear heart, mind and soul. What I am sick of hearing is everyone on here saying “we all have to figure it out and change”. No, we don’t have to do anything. We all have a choice. We will face the consequences for those choices. What I don’t need is for you all to tell me what is right or wrong for me.

    Thanks :)

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  19. İskender İskenderson (@Iskendersson)  February 8, 2013 at 5:08 am

    I don’t think it’s healthy to distract people from the fact that major food suppliers have been using meat that is not fit for human consumption. There is a very good reason we don’t eat horse meat… we don’t rear horses for food! Therefore, horses are given drugs that are banned from use in food-grade livestock due to the drugs toxicity to humans. Phenylbutazone, or ‘Bute’ is an anti-inflammatory given to sick or injured horses but causes aplastic anaemia and suppression of white blood cell production in humans. This drug has already been found in horse contaminated ‘beef’ products and only goes to highlight the fact that it is mainly sick or injured horses that are slaughtered for food due to a lack of horses that are actually reared for this purpose. It is not healthy to eat sick animals!
    This article cites a study of the toxicity of the ‘e-cig filler’, Propylene Glycol in PREMATURE BABIES!! 1. I can’t see many pre-borns grabbing a Crappy D’s on the way out of intensive care. 2. Pretty much anything we EAT is toxic to premature babies as unfortunately although naturally they struggle even to digest their own mother’s milk!!
    How about getting to the truth about where these ‘horses’ are really coming from.
    Why would Ireland, with it’s big horse-racing industry and their own lame animals to put down decide to import horse meat?
    How many of the samples contain Bute?
    Why aren’t they testing for dog meat, cat meat etc. as I wonder what happens to the thousands of strays that are put down each year as well as all the abused and neglected animals that the authorities conviscate. Are they paying to have them buried or cremated or are they profiting from their use as meat?
    I think this scandal could be bigger than they will have us believe.

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  20. Knowwhatyoureeating  February 10, 2013 at 9:13 am

    @Luna
    At the weekly market here in Berlin, the capital of Germany, there is a traditional German horse meat stand, selling such specialities as horse boulettes (like burgers), horse wieners and horse steaks, all made from horse raised for eating and certified bute and other harmful chemical free, and they also have a small range of organic horse products. I first tried horse in south west Germany, but have also eaten it in France, Belgium and Poland.

    The real issue is the false advertising to people who have become so detached from their food that they don’t realise how much of an animal can be eaten and how much goes to waste when they just want steaks or chicken breasts.

    Lung is regularly eaten all over Europe as a delicacy, but in America is considered unfit for human consumption, while at the same time granting food licenses for carcinogenic chemicals.

    While we don’t all have to raise our own cattle or chickens and grow our own vegetables it is good to have some idea of where our food comes from and what it is made of. Better food labelling and consumer awareness has led to a change in Europe, where you now occasionally see organic food for the same price as or cheaper than the non-organic choices.

    People need to vote with their feet. Buy organic or origin declared food and more companies will offer it bringing down the price and leading to reforms in the food industry.

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  21. mike  February 10, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    I really wish you sources this better, than I could use it to show to people. nobody will believe without proof, even if its just a link to an ingredient list and another to a science dictionary.

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  22. Charles Magus  February 20, 2013 at 10:33 am

    So Does Mc Donalds, KFC, Pizza Hut and all other American outlets use these agents in their foods to deliberately harm the Public! They all have serious Neurological effects to keep people from thinking and rising up against their governments who work for the Criminals that do this Depopulation Agenda!

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