I’m not really trying to turn this blog into a place to post other articles, however this one caught my eye. Its not difficult to see why, either:
From All McNuggets Not Created Equal.:
U.S. McNuggets not only contain more calories and fat than their British counterparts, but also chemicals not found across the Atlantic.
CNN investigated the differences after receiving a blog comment asking about them.
American McNuggets (190 calories, 12 grams of fat, 2 grams of saturated fat for 4 pieces) contain the chemical preservative tBHQ, tertiary butylhydroquinone, a petroleum-based product. They also contain dimethylpolysiloxane, “an anti-foaming agent” also used in Silly Putty.
By contrast, British McNuggets (170 calories, 9 grams of fat, 1 gram of saturated fat for 4 pieces) lists neither chemical among its ingredients.
“I would certainly choose the British nuggets over the American” says Ruth Winter, author of “A Consumer’s Dictionary of Food Additives.”
McDonald’s says the differences are based on the local tastes: In the United States, McNuggets are coated and then cooked, in the United Kingdom, they are cooked and then coated. As a result, the British McNuggets absorb less oil and have less fat.
So similar chemicals, that one might contend aren’t really that necessary, to silly putty are found in the food children across America covet. Let’s call that another win for foreign foods, although no one really wins with McDonalds… While I think McDonalds can do whatever they’d like with the food they sell, its definitely not right for these kinds of companies to sell a product without giving explicit lists of what goes into them. Definitely not healthy…