<![CDATA[I am Vegan, Hear Me Roar - Fast Food Exposed]]>Fri, 15 Jan 2016 16:52:42 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[What are you letting your children consume - McDonald's chips/fries]]>Mon, 02 Mar 2015 11:36:39 GMThttp://iamveganhearmeroar.weebly.com/fast-food-exposed/what-are-you-letting-your-children-consume-mcdonalds-chipsfries
It has recently come to my attention through The Farmacy (a very informative source) that there is more to McDonald's chips than we originally thought. Of course, this is a no-brainer. But do we know exactly what it is that we allow our children to consume?

McDonald's boasts that they use canola oil and the chips they provide the public are healthy for consumption; because, after all, why else could they continue to sell them to you? These chips are part of the fun Happy Meal for children, and part of everyday life for most people - whether your friends eat them, you eat them, your family eats them, or they are your animals favourite snack (which is just a point I will not get into). These chips are everywhere, on every single McDonald's propaganda campaign. It seems we just cannot get away from them.

Yes, these chips are just a part of life. But what do they really contain? Oil, salt and potato? Think again.

The first and foremost ingredient in these greasy little obesity agents is potato. Okay, so this a good start.
This is what McDonald's claim on their website: "We like our fries and hash browns fluffy on the inside, crunchy on the outside. That's why we use potato varieties like Russet Burbank, Shepody and Russet Ranger." And their suppliers are Simplot and MaCain.

Second ingredient is a canola oil blend. Now, this is a very important point as it is a blend, not solely canola oil. So, it begs the question: what else is in the blend? Well, above this post is the nutrition table taken from the Australian McDonald's website of their chips. I apologise that the image is small but once zoomed into, one can see that not even McDonald's want to display what is in this blend. And what makes this worse is that it is genetically modified (GMO) - "A GMO is an organism whose genome has been altered by the techniques of genetic engineering so that its DNA contains one or more genes not normally found there."
McDonald's claim: "We use a blend including canola and sunflower oils to cook with. Like all vegetable oils, it's cholesterol free and has 85% less trans fat than our previous blend." Sounds alright, expect it still contains a high trans fat account and isn't much different to their 'previous blend'.

Third ingredient is hydrogenated soybean oil, which is also GMO. In 1976 the FDA did tests on this product and found it to be "generally regarded as safe", which refers to the levels of this used in that year. "In light of the foregoing, the Select Committee concludes that: There is no evidence in the available information on hydrogenated soybean oil that demonstrates, or suggests reasonable grounds to suspect, a hazard to the public when it is used as a direct or indirect food ingredient at levels that are now current or that might reasonably be expected in the future" - This is the FDA's conclusion from 40 years ago, no new studies have been added.

Fourth ingredients is safflower oil. Now, on it's own, this oil has been known to help a lot of problems in small doses - anything from bringing on menstruation when there is difficulty doing so to lowering cholesterol; but tests have varied so there is no absolute medicinal benefits with this product. But once GMO and consumed in high quantities, such as how it is consumed in McDonald's food it can lead to bleeding, stomach problems and intestinal disturbances.

Fifth ingredient is McDonald's own "natural flavour". This is not obtained from vegetables. What this title conceals is the high use of MSG, which is a nerve- and brain-toxin, most commonly associated with Chinese food. Dr Frank Lipman has this to say: "MSG...sets off a variety of adverse reactions such as skin rashes, headaches, moodiness, irritability, IBS, heart palpitations, depression and more, depending on your tolerance. How fast and hard you get hit by these problems depends on your ability to tolerate it, but regardless, eating foods laced with MSG are devastating to your organs."

Ingredient number six is dextrose, a type of sugar. Dextrose is used in a huge variety of products as it is cheap and considered 'natural' because it is refined from plants. But, this is just another filler in all foods. It is sugar, a filler, and incredibly unhealthy. Maltodextrin is one word that makes those interested in their health cringe. It is just multiple dextrose particles made into one, and it can come in many different forms: Livestrong.com listed these as alternative names: "corn sugar," "wheat sugar" or "rice sugar".

Ingredient seven on the list is sodium acid pyrophosphate. Now, I am a firm believer in staying clear of anything I cannot pronounce or anything that is not explained by its name, so this is on my list. This product maintains the color of the chips, because we all know that the chips would start to lose their colour by the time they reach their destination from where the big corporations are delivering them. This product causes inflammation, which leads to numerous diseases and also makes them worse, and over-consumption leads to elevated blood phosphorus levels (which may, in turn, lead to osteoporosis). The sickening thing about this ingredient is that it is labelled as "hazardous for ingestion" on the safety data sheet.

Ingredient eight is citric acid. This sounds alright. Like, lemon, you ask? No, what they mean by citric acid, is genetically modified black mold. This ingredient is too much to even begin to describe, so here is a link that provides all the information: http://blackmold.awardspace.com/black-mold-toxic-stachybotrys-mycotoxins.html

Ingredient nine is dimethylpolysiloxane. What on earth is this? Does anyone even know? This ingredient is used as a splash guard for frying the chips. This product is used in play doh, contact lenses, caulking shampoos and conditioners, cosmetics, polishes, heat resistant tiles, etc.

Ingredients ten to seventeen: vegetable oil for frying. This blend contains the following (already discussed) GMO canola oil, GMO corn oil, GMO soybean oil, hydrogenated soybean oil with tertbutylhydroquinone (GMO), GMO citric acid, and dimethylpolysiloxane.

And last but certainly not least: TBHQ. This ingredient is a petroleum-based preservative. It is linked to, as written by The Farmacy, "asthma, skin conditions, hormone disruptions, and in long-term animal studies to cancer and damage to DNA. It's potentially lethal, but don't worry, the FDA says it's generally regarded as safe".

So, the choice is up to you. Even vegans still eat McDonald's chips. But is the risk worth it when we are trying to encourage other people to become healthy and live a long life? 
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