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Hungry For a Big Mac? You Won’t Be After You Read These 8 Dirty Facts


Feeling hungry? You may want to read the rest of this article before you head to your favorite fast food restaurant and order your usual chemical and prescription drug-ridden meal. Did you know you’re likely eating crushed beetles and or duck feathers with your fast food burger? Here are some of the most disgusting additives you’re eating when you hit the drive-thru:

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1.) Ammonium Chloride

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Nothing helps mass-produce bread like ammonium chloride. Unfortunately, nothing fertilizers soil or kills bugs like it either. You can find ammonium chloride in your shampoo and dry cell batteries, and you’ll also find it in McDonald’s burger buns. (1,2)


 2.) Silicone Oil


Chicken McNuggets are full of dimethylpolysiloxane, a silicone oil that is often used for making contact lenses and other medical items.(1,3) Learn more about your beloved McNuggets here: The Chicken That Should Be Banned

 3.) Cysteine-L


Fast food restaurants use Cysteine-L, an amino acid synthesized from human hair or duck feathers, to soften their breads and pastries (1,4).

4.) Propylene Glycol



Propylene glycol is a chemical compound that can be found in anti-freeze, e-cigarettes, and that’s right! Fast food! McDonald’s uses propylene glycol in several sauces and dressings including Ranch salad dressing and the famous Big Mac sauce (1,5). 

5.) Prescription Drugs


By testing feathers, researchers from Johns Hopkins University found some very interesting characteristics of factory-farm-raised poultry. And you thought the pink slime scandal was bad? Antidepressants as well as other prescription drugs are added to chicken feed for fast food “poultry” items. That’s right, those McChicken sandwiches and McNuggets come from chickens that were raised on a steady diet of prescription, over-the-counter, and even banned drugs. Learn more about it here: 3 Dirty Chicken Facts Exposed

6.) Dimethylpolysiloxane


You’ll find this in almost any fried fast food menu item and also in silly putty, contact lenses, caulking, shampoo and conditioners, cosmetics, polishes, heat resistant tiles, and the list goes on…(6) Learn more about Dimethylpolysiloxane by following this link. McDonald’s uses it in their oils, hashbrowns, french fries, and even some fountain drinks(1). 


7.) Cellulose


You’ll find this organic compound, which is produced from wood pulp, in nearly every fast food menu item. Learn more about cellulose by following this link. McDonald’s uses it in their tortilla wraps, Filet-O-Fish, shredded cheese blends, feta cheese, chicken, and eggs (1). 

8.) Silicon Dioxide

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This industrial sand is used in things like Wendy’s chili to keep it from clumping together. Mmm… industrial sand (7). Learn more about silicon dioxide HERE. McDonald’s uses silicon dioxide in their chicken strips,  chicken patties, eggs, poutine gravy, and hot chocolate (1). 


Cooking your own food has never sounded more appealing. If you think you can’t afford it, follow this link to learn how to grow your own organic produce. What’s that all you have is an apartment? Check out these tips for apartment gardening!

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Michelle Toole is the founder and head editor of Healthy Holistic Living. Learn all about her life's inspiration and journey to health and wellness.
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