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Chicken McNuggets Allegedly Found to Contain Fibers, Hairs, "Red Stuff" (Yuck)

If you stopped by the Mickey D's drive-thru for a quickie lunch at your desk, you might want to put down those nuggets. We know they're tasty (especially slathered in barbecue sauce), but a health blog is reporting some very un-chicken-like substances found in their nuggets.

Natural News' Forensic Food Lab director Mike Adams recently ordered some chicken nuggets at an Austin, Texas McDonald's then decided to look at them through a high-powered microscope. What do you think he found?

If you thought chicken, you'd be wrong. Adams describes finding unusual colors, a green algae-like globule, blue objects, and mysterious fibers. Describing the view as an "alien landscape", he's not looking at anything resembling chicken.

What's even more disturbing about these findings is that chicken nuggets are the most popular food to get a toddler to eat something -- anything. Ah yes, little Timmy is certainly eating... something. But what, exactly, is it?

According to the nutritional information on McDonald's website, a chicken McNugget contains:

White Boneless Chicken, Water, Food Starch-Modified, Salt, Seasoning (Autolyzed Yeast Extract, Salt, Wheat Starch, Natural Flavoring [Botanical Source], Safflower Oil, Dextrose, Citric Acid), Sodium Phosphates, Natural Flavor (Botanical Source). Battered and Breaded with: Water, Enriched Flour (Bleached Wheat Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamin Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Yellow Corn Flour, Bleached Wheat Flour, Food Starch-Modified, Salt, Leavening (Baking Soda, Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate, Sodium Aluminum Phosphate, Monocalcium Phosphate, Calcium Lactate), Spices, Wheat Starch, Dextrose, Corn Starch.

It's then prepared in Vegetable Oil (Canola Oil, Corn Oil, Soybean Oil, Hydrogenated Soybean Oil with TBHQ and Citric Acid added to preserve freshness). Dimethylpolysiloxane added as an antifoaming agent.Prepared in vegetable oil (Canola oil, corn oil, soybean oil, hydrogenated soybean oil with TBHQ and citric acid added to preserve freshness). Dimethylpolysiloxane added as an antifoaming agent.

So, yes. Chicken is listed in there somewhere, along with a ton of other ingredients. Watch this video and be prepared to put down that nugget... for good.

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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times, covering the restaurant and bar scene in South Florida. She has been featured on Cooking Channel’s Eat Street and Food Network’s Great Food Truck Race. Doss won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature on what it’s like to wait tables. In a previous life, she appeared off-Broadway and shook many a cocktail as a bartender at venues in South Florida and New York City. When she’s not writing, you can find Doss running some marathon then celebrating at the nearest watering hole.
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