Where Local and Global Appetites Collide

U.S. Chicken Nuggets

Delicious Chicken nuggets.
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All things are suppose to be the same in food production for a company, but for McDonald’s they are not. After a large CNN investigation, investigators found out that American chicken nuggets not only contain more calories and fat, but also have chemicals in them not found across the Atlantic.

Nuggets found in the U.S. are 190 calories, 12 grams of fat,  and 2 grams of saturated fat for 4 pieces.  On the other hand, British nuggets are 170 calories, 9 grams of fat and 1 gram of saturated fat for 4 pieces.

The bad thing about American nuggets is that they contain two crazy chemicals not found in British nuggets. The first chemical is Tbhq, a petroleum based product. The other is dimethypolysiloxane, an anti foaming agent used in Silly Putty. GROSS….

The difference in the nuggets is based on taste according to McDonalds. In the U.S, the nuggets are coated and then cooked and in the United Kingdom, they are cooked and then coated. Thus, the British nuggets absorb less oil and have less fat.

Even though it is weird the nuggets have differences, different regions do have slight variations. As far as it hurting consumers in the United States, the Worth Health Organization found no adverse health problems associated with these chemicals.

Even when McDonalds came out with the new all white meat heathier nugget,  Tbhq and dimethypolysiloxane were still added to the mix.  Chris Kimball, founder of Cook’s Illustrated, thinks the chemicals are still in the nuggets to hold the shape and texture. He also states the food regulations are much stricter in Europe as compared to the U.S….. nice to know huh…lol

Torie Nicholas

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